NC House race leads to third recount request in the state

State Rep. Marilyn Avila

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – State Rep. Marilyn Avila of Wake County said she put her recount request in writing on Tuesday, sending a letter to both the North Carolina Board of Elections and the Wake County Board of Elections.

The Republican incumbent is currently trailing Democratic challenger Joe John by 390 votes, according to the state’s election results.

State statute allows a candidate to ask for a recount if the votes tallied in the race leave a less than 1 percent margin and Avila’s race meets that margin for now.

The Wake County Board of Elections said it has not completed its county canvass. Per statute, the board would have to honor the recount request should the margin stand after the canvass.

Avila has served her district for five terms. John is a former North Carolina Court of Appeals judge.

Earlier Tuesday, Gov. Pat McCrory and state auditor candidate Chuck Stuber filed a recount request for their respective races.

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