North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory officially filed for a statewide recount Tuesday morning, joining fellow Republican Chuck Stuber, a candidate for state auditor, in requesting the recount from the State Board of Elections.
“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.
Under North Carolina law, a statewide candidate for office can request a recount if the margin is within 10,000 votes.
Democrat Roy Cooper currently leads McCrory in the statewide tally by less than 6,500 votes.
In response to the Governor’s request for a recount, Cooper’s campaign insisted, “This is nothing but a last-ditch effort from Governor McCrory to delay and deny the results of the election.”
“We are confident that a recount will do nothing to change the fact that Roy Cooper has won this election,” the campaign’s statement continued.
While Cooper’s lead has grown since Election Day, reports of voter fraud in 50 of North Carolina’s 100 counties may swing the race back into McCrory’s favor, as evidence of ballots being cast by dead people, felons, and voters who cast ballots in other states continues to grow.
You can read Governor McCrory’s recount request letter in it’s entirety by CLICKING HERE.