Appeal on contested Durham votes in NC governor’s race to be heard today

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Possibly one of Republican Pat McCrory’s last hopes to catch up to Democrat Roy Cooper in the governor’s race is going before the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

The board scheduled Wednesday to hear the appeal of a Republican attorney who wants more than 90,000 Durham County votes recounted by hand because of alleged irregularities in the election night count. The Durham board unanimously rejected the request of Tom Stark two weeks ago, saying there was no evidence the tallies were wrong.

Cooper leads McCrory statewide by 9,800 votes with a handful of counties yet to complete their counting. Cooper has declared himself the winner and his campaign says McCrory should concede. McCrory could still seek a statewide recount if he trails by Cooper by 10,000 votes or less.

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