North Carolina governor’s race could reach conclusion

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

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The undecided election for North Carolina governor could reach a conclusion Monday as a recount of thousands of votes wraps up.

Democrat Roy Cooper currently leads Republican incumbent Pat McCrory by about 10,250 votes. McCrory, who could not capitalize on the wave of support that delivered statewide victories for Republicans Donald Trump and Sen. Richard Burr, can demand a statewide recount if the margin is 10,000 or less.

A review of more than 94,000 votes cast in heavily Democratic Durham County during the early-voting period and on election day is expected to finish Monday. McCrory has said he won’t ask for a statewide recount if that recount shows the same results.

Most other protests filed by McCrory’s Republican allies have already been tossed out.

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