Durham elections head: McCrory vote surge unlikely there

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The elections board chairman in heavily Democratic Durham County says he doubts Gov. Pat McCrory will find the surge of votes from his community that his fellow Republican needs to reverse Attorney General Roy Cooper’s statewide lead.

McCrory’s re-election campaign has filed a formal protest over the 94,000 votes cast during early balloting that were reported late on election night after an equipment failure.

Durham board chairman William Brian said Tuesday that last week’s glitch forced staffers to manually enter ballots cast before election day hours after polls closed Nov. 8.

Brian says results were spot-checked that night, and Durham County voted heavily for Democrat Roy Cooper both before and during Election Day. Cooper leads by about 5,000 votes in unofficial statewide results.