North Carolina gubernatorial race in balance with scrutinized ballots

Governor Pat McCrory (R) and Attorney General Roy Cooper (D)
Governor Pat McCrory (R) and Attorney General Roy Cooper (D)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The battle for every vote in North Carolina’s too-close-to-call governor’s race could come down to tens of thousands of mailed-in absentee and provisional ballots that elections officials across the state are deciding whether to count or toss aside.

More than 50 counties have meetings Thursday to decide which ballots to allow.

State Board of Elections figures show Democrat Roy Cooper leading Republican Gov. Pat McCrory by 4,900 votes and the results could be potentially affected by this process. All 100 counties are supposed to complete counting their ballots by Friday and report to the state.

The trailing candidate could request a recount if the updated margin is 10,000 votes or less. McCrory’s campaign is supporting challenges of votes cast in Durham, Bladen and other counties.

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