RALEIGH, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory has officially requested a statewide recount. McCrory made the request along with Chuck Stuber, candidate for state auditor, Tuesday morning.
"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.
Governor Pat McCrory trails Attorney General Roy Cooper by just more 6,300 votes. State law allows candidates to request a recount if there's a difference of 10,000 votes or less.
The recount cannot take place until after counties complete its canvassing. That process was supposed to be finished by November 19 but the State Board of Elections gave counties an extension.
Attorney General Roy Cooper reacted to McCrory's request saying, "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.”
Monday, Cooper launched a transition website and announced appointments to his transition team.