Durham County still counting ballots as Cooper’s lead nears 10,000 votes

The Durham County Board of Elections counts votes on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Photo by Beau Minnick/CBS North Carolina.
The Durham County Board of Elections counts votes on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Photo by Beau Minnick/CBS North Carolina.

UPDATE: NC Board of Elections orders counties to dismiss protests from McCrory campaign

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — North Carolinians still don’t know officially who their next governor will be.

Right now, Democrat Roy Cooper leads Republican incumbent Pat McCrory by nearly 10,000 votes, but supporters of the governor continue to ask for a recount of ballots in Durham.

In Durham County, officials  were counting some more provisional ballots on Monday.

Cooper’s lead of just under 5,000 votes has grown since election night to 9,716 on Monday.

The governor’s campaign wants to see a recount of 90,000  ballots in Durham.

If it happens and the results stay the same, the campaign says it will withdraw its request for a statewide recount.

“If we can get the Durham issue resolved so that people’s lingering questions are put aside, then this process can be brought to a conclusion,” State Republican Party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said.

Woodhouse says it’s important for people to be able to trust the results of an election.

UPDATE: NC Board of Elections orders counties to dismiss protests from McCrory campaign

“Should Roy Cooper be the next governor, we want people to have faith that he was fully elected appropriately,” Woodhouse added.

Woodhouse says that can be accomplished by recounting more than 90,000 votes in Durham County.

After some technical issues, the county reported the votes late on Election Night and those votes tilted the race in favor of Cooper.

Durham County’s Board of Elections unanimously denied a request to recount those votes, citing a lack of evidence that the results reported were wrong.

“We’re just stalling right now.  It’s very clear that the people of North Carolina have spoken, that they want a change in leadership and that they want Roy Cooper in office,” said Ben Graumann with Equality NC.

Graumann echoes the message from the Cooper campaign.

The Cooper campaign says it’s clear there is no path to victory for the governor and that allegations of voter fraud have been rejected by Republican-led Boards of Elections across the state.

“It’s really time to concede,” Graumann added.

The Durham County Board of Elections is supposed to meet Tuesday afternoon.

During that meeting the group will hear another election protest and to finish its election canvass.

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