McCrory files for recount in NC gubernatorial race

- North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has filed for a statewide recount for the state's gubernatorial race.

The Republican incumbent's campaign made the announcement Tuesday, but said that the formal recount would not occur until after the county boards of election certify their results.

"With many outstanding votes yet to be counted for the first time, legal challenges, ballott protests and voter fraud allegations, we must keep open the ability to allow established recount process to ensure every legal vote is counted properly," said Russell Peck, Pat McCrory's campaign manager.

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North Carolina election officials still working on final vote tallies for governor two weeks after Election Day are getting some advice on whether certain ballots should be counted or thrown out.

The State Board of Elections scheduled a meeting Tuesday to hear from the state Democratic and Republican parties and their gubernatorial candidate campaigns.
 
The board wants to provide legal guidance to county election boards hearing formal complaints about early votes by people who died before Election Day or may have voted in multiple states. Also at issue are more than 300 ballots that state officials say may have been cast by convicted felons across the state during early voting.
 
The questions are important as Democrat Roy Cooper still holds a narrow lead over Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.
 
"This is nothing but a last-ditch effort from Governor McCrory to delay and deny the results of this election. Roy Cooper leads by 8,569 votes- a number that is growing daily as counties finalize election results," said Cooper for NC campaign manager Trey Nix. "We are confident that a recount will do nothing to change the fact that Roy Cooper has won this election."
 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 
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