Pat McCrory files for recount in North Carolina gubernatorial race

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)

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory joined Chuck Stuber, candidate for state auditor, in officially filing for a statewide recount Tuesday.

North Carolina voters are still waiting for the outcome of the gubernatorial race between incumbent McCrory and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.

Tuesday’s recount was filed to meet the original date statutorily specified, although the formal recount will 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, ballot protests and voter fraud allegations, we must keep open the ability to allow the established recount process to ensure every legal vote is counted properly,” said Russell Peck, Pat McCrory’s campaign manager.

“With serious concerns of potential voter fraud emerging across the state, it is becoming more apparent that a thorough recount is one way the people of North Carolina can have confidence in the results, process and system,” McCrory wrote in his recount letter.

Cooper for NC Campaign Manager Trey Nix said in a statement Tuesday afternoon: “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. We are confident that a recount will do nothing to change the fact that Roy Cooper has won this election.”

To read the governor’s entire recount letter, click here.