What happens next in N.C.’s tight gubernatorial race

Roy Cooper & Pat McCrory

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Attorney General Roy Cooper may have claimed victory in North Carolina’s gubernatorial race early Wednesday morning, but incumbent Governor Pat McCrory says the count is too close to call and with a few thousand votes separating the two, North Carolina will have to wait before it’s new governor is officially announced.

After every precinct reported, the results showed Cooper ahead of McCrory by about 5,000 votes.

Each precinct must now count all provisional and absentee ballots.

Pitt County Board of Elections director Dave Davis said that includes over 2,000 ballots in Pitt County alone.

ECU political science professor Brad Lockerbie explained why a canvass must now be held.

“They’re going to go back and just make certain that just all the votes that were counted on election night were actually counted properly,” said Lockerbie, “that they transcribed the results on the voting machines, or paper ballots or whatever is used in your county, and make certain that all of those numbers add up correctly.”

Since thousands of ballots must still be counted, Lockerbie said it’s very possible McCrory could end up being the winner. However, it’s unlikely given Cooper has a lead of nearly 5,000 votes.

The canvass will take place November 18, which is when an official winner should be determined.

A recount can be called up until November 22.

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