SPRING LAKE, N.C. (WNCN) – Attorney General Roy Cooper said Friday he remains confident he will be declared North Carolina’s next governor.
Cooper spoke at a Veterans Day ceremony in Spring Lake amid a fight with Gov. McCrory for the governor’s office.
“It should be an easy thing for us to provide help and resources for education and better paying jobs for veterans,” he said. “We need to make special efforts to recruit them into jobs in state government. I have found at the Department of Justice that veterans are excellent employees because of their background and knowledge.”
Cooper leads the gubernatorial race by just less than 5,000 votes but McCrory’s team is hopeful they’ll get the edge when provisional and absentee ballots are counted.
Both camps have hired attorneys.
McCrory’s campaign is looking to raise $1 million for its legal defense.
Cooper remained confident Friday after declaring victory over McCrory early Wednesday morning.
“We feel confident that the results will be confirmed in this election,” Cooper said.
In Raleigh, the State Board of Elections said it’s waiting for all the absentee ballots to be returned.
Counties will tally those absentee and provisional ballots next week.
The Republican Party voiced concerns about potential irregularities after Durham reported a large number of votes late on election night.
Durham said it had a technical issue but the results were tallied by hand and are accurate.