State board orders recount of 94,000 Durham County votes

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. — After a meeting that lasted roughly three hours, the State Board of Elections has ordered a recount of 94,000 votes in Durham County, according to WTVD.

The hearing was possibly one of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s last hopes to catch up to Democrat Roy Cooper in the governor’s race.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Cooper’s lead had grown to more than 10,000 votes for the first time, past the threshold for McCrory to ask for a recount.

McCrory’s campaign manager, Russell Peck, released this statement Wednesday:

“We are pleased that the State Board of Elections has recognized the voting irregularities in Durham County and we will respect whatever the results show. We ask that this is done immediately.”

Cooper’s campaign manager, Trey Nix, released this statement Wednesday:

“We are confident that this recount will confirm Roy Cooper’s election as Governor of North Carolina. It is wrong that Governor McCrory continues to waste taxpayer money with false accusations and attempts to delay and that the Republican controlled Board of Elections did not follow the law. However, Roy Cooper’s lead has grown to over 10,000 votes and after a partial recount of 6 precincts in one county, the outcome of the election will be the same.”