Newby still up after machine recount in N.C. justice race

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican Paul Newby’s narrow lead over Democratic incumbent Cheri Beasley changed little overall as a statewide machine recount of North Carolina’s very close race for Supreme Court chief justice was finally completed.

The machine recount that finished Wednesday night left Newby with a 401-vote lead over Beasley with nearly 5.4 million votes cast in the race.

Beasley’s campaign says it immediately asked the State Board of Elections for a hand recount of a small portion of ballots statewide.

Newby led by 406 votes before the machine recount.

Beasley is the first Black female chief justice in the state. Newby is senior associate justice.

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