White concedes NC Senate race after 2nd recount

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 6:09 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- State Sen. Stan White has conceded the 1st District election to Republican challenger Bill Cook after a limited hand-to-eye recount showed Cook's lead was unchanged.  

White led Cook by 388 votes on Election Night, but a canvass of the vote on Nov. 16 showed Cook held an 80-vote lead. After additional canvassing a day later, Cook's lead dropped to 32 votes. 

White requested a machine recount of ballots in the district's eight counties. That recount on Nov. 26 reduced Cook's lead to 21 votes out of more than 87,000 votes cast. But limited hand-to-eye recounts from randomly drawn precincts in each of the eight counties showed no change in Cook's edge. 

White said Monday that he wishes Cook the best in a district he described as big and diverse.

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