McCrory Requests Formal Statewide Recount In Race For Governor

McCrory Requests Formal Statewide Recount In Race For Governor

2:33pm Nov 22, 2016
Gov. Pat McCrory says he's filed a request for a formal statewide recount of the results of the 2016 gubernatorial race. (Courtesy: State of North Carolina)

Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's campaign says it has filed for a recount in his close race against Democrat Roy Cooper, even though votes are still being tallied.

McCrory's campaign made the announcement Tuesday in a news release.

Most counties have yet to complete their counts. McCrory's campaign acknowledged the recount won't happen until counties finish those tallies, but they wanted to ensure they didn't miss a deadline under state law.

Counties were originally supposed to finish their counts by Nov. 18. Recount requests must normally be filed by the second business day after those county reviews.

The counting process has been slowed by factors including Republican-led challenges.

The trailing candidate is entitled to a recount if he's behind by fewer than 10,000 votes. Cooper led by more than 6,300 votes Tuesday afternoon.

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