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NC Board of Elections Orders Recount Of Early Votes In Durham County

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Incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory trails challenger Roy Cooper by more than 9,000 votes in the state's gubernatorial race. In this file photo taken on Nov. 8, 2016, he spoke to supporters as votes were being tallied.

North Carolina's State Board of Elections has ordered Durham County to recount tens of thousands of ballots cast during early voting, reversing the decision of the county board a couple of weeks ago.

The state board's 3-to-2 decision along party lines could further delay final results in the governor's race.

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Challenger Roy Cooper leads incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory by more than 10,000 votes in the state's still-undecided gubernatorial race.

Republican Governor Pat McCrory supported the recount request filed by a GOP attorney. It was granted on appeal to the state. The local Durham County board dismissed a recount request last month.

McCrory trails his challenger, Democrat Roy Cooper, by more than 10,000 votes. Wednesday's hearing focused on alleged irregularities in the election night tallies. The issue in Durham is over 94,000 ballots, many from early voting, that were not counted until late on Election Night because of a computer glitch.

In the weeks since Governor Pat McCrory suffered what appeared to be an extremely narrow defeat, his campaign and allies have filed dozens of protests – alleging fraud in more than half of the state’s counties.

However, those claiming wrongdoing have offered very little evidence. On Monday night, the state board of elections dismissed almost all of the claims. Counties have also dismissed many challenges for being inaccurate, or providing no evidence.

The state board of elections is working to certify results by the end of next week.

Jeff Tiberii is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Jeff joined WUNC in 2011. During his 20 years in public radio, he was Morning Edition Host at WFDD and WUNC’s Greensboro Bureau Chief and later, the Capitol Bureau Chief. Jeff has covered state and federal politics, produced the radio documentary “Right Turn,” launched a podcast, and was named North Carolina Radio Reporter of the Year four times.
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