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Cooper leads McCrory with all NC precincts reporting, but race still too close to call

Gov. Pat McCrory (left) and Attorney General Roy Cooper. (North Carolina Association of Broadcasters)

Gov. Pat McCrory (left) and Attorney General Roy Cooper. (North Carolina Association of Broadcasters)

Roy Cooper is ahead in the North Carolina gubernatorial race with all precincts reporting, but the race is still too close to call.

Cooper claimed victory in a Tweet late Tuesday night and in his speech early Wednesday morning.

Cooper said he is confident the votes will be certified.

McCrory Campaign Strategist Chris LaCivita responded to Cooper’s claim Wednesday morning, saying there are more votes to be counted.

“The votes have been cast in the gubernatorial election, but many have yet to be counted. Currently, there are tens of thousands of outstanding absentee, military and provisional ballots across the state, and claiming an outcome before the process has concluded is irresponsible and disrespectful to the voters of North Carolina whose voices have yet to be heard,” LaCivita said. “We also have grave concerns over potential irregularities in Durham County, including the sudden emergence of over 90,000 ballots at the end of the night.”

The vote tally as it stands at 1:08 a.m. Wednesday, with all 2,704 precincts reporting, has Cooper with 2,280,972 votes and Gov. Pat McCrory with 2,276,492 votes.

Speaking to supporters, McCrory said they will canvass for votes and the results may not be known until Nov. 18.

The North Carolina Democratic Party released this statement early Wednesday: “Tonight Attorney General Roy Cooper emerged as the winner of North Carolina’s gubernatorial election,” said North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Patsy Keever. “The results won’t be finalized tonight, but Cooper enters North Carolina’s canvass process with a strong lead. With provisional ballots, Attorney General Cooper stands poised to grow his lead in a recount and become North Carolina’s next governor.”

Leon Cecil, the Libertarian candidate, received 101,035 votes.