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McCrory And Cooper Race Still Undecided: Now What?

Roy Cooper at a podium with his wife, addresses his supporters in Raleigh. North Carolina gubernatorial candidates Cooper and incumbent Pat McCrory are locked in a tie with their race likely heading to a recount.
Brian Batista

Last night, North Carolinians watched as successful candidates for President, U.S. Senate, and State Supreme Court took to the podium to thank crowds of exuberant supporters in their acceptance speeches. But one race is still undecided: the race for North Carolina's governor. Only a few thousand votes separated Republican incumbent Pat McCrory from his Democratic challenger Roy Cooper. 

The race flipped back and forth throughout election night, JeffTiberii, WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief explained on The State of Things.

McCrory was in the lead when more than 90,000 late ballots streamed in from Durham County, moving the race in Cooper's favor. The attorney general currently holds an edge of about 5,000 votes, a margin narrow enough to likely prompt a recount and delay a final result for several weeks.  

What Happens Now: 

  • According to arelease by the State Board of Elections, county boards must meet to conduct a provisional ballot count.
  • By state law, each County Board of Elections is responsible for tallying the results of provisional ballots. 
  • On Nov. 18, each county board of elections will certify its total election results. 
  • If the difference between the two candidates is still 10,000 votes or less, a candidate may request a recount. A written demand for a recount must be submitted to the State Board of Elections by Nov. 22.
  • The final election results will be certified by the State Board of Elections at a public meeting on Nov. 29.

Host Frank Stasio spoke with StevenHuefner, law professor at The Ohio State University, who explained how the provisional ballot process works.  

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.
Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.