Democrat Stein preparing to take over attorney general’s job

Josh Stein

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democrat Josh Stein says he’s making preparations to become North Carolina’s next attorney general even as his opponent’s spokesman indicated Republican Buck Newton isn’t conceding the race.

The State Board of Elections said Wednesday that Newton would have to narrow his margin trailing Stein to 10,000 votes or less to request a recount. Unofficial results show Newton behind Stein by more than 20,000 votes, but there are still a number of ballots yet to be counted.

Stein said Wednesday he’s gearing up for the attorney general’s job, including starting to think about who he wants for his staff as the state’s top prosecutor.

Newton campaign strategist Michael Luethy says the Republican’s campaign is committed to making sure every vote counts and preventing any “shenanigans” that thwart the will of voters.