McCrory campaign files election protests in 12 counties, including Guilford

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)

Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign team announced Wednesday that protests are being filed to challenge potentially fraudulent absentee ballots cast for Roy Cooper in 11 counties.

McCrory, who trailed Cooper by about 5,000 votes in the gubernatorial race at last count, has already jumped on potential ballot issues in Durham and Bladen counties.

“It appears that our worst fears have come true and this absentee ballot fraud scheme may run deeper than just Bladen County,” Russell Peck, Pat McCrory’s campaign manager said in a press release. “Unfortunately, we may also have uncovered the real reason Roy Cooper fought so hard against efforts to prevent voter fraud as attorney general. These voter fraud concerns must be addressed before the results of the election can be finalized.”

Ford Porter, communications director for Cooper, said, “It is absolutely shameful that Governor McCrory would make these unfounded claims. This is the worst kind of misinformation campaign meant to undermine the results of an election the Governor has lost.”

Protests have been filed in Halifax County and additional complaints are being filed in Guilford, Edgecome, Durham, Franklin, Nash, Northampton, Robeson, Vance, Wake and Warren counties.

The McCrory campaign asks that each county board of elections open an investigation into the absentee ballots and review all witness signatures to look for evidence of ballot harvesting.

Results are expected to be in by Friday.