Republican Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina called for a ballot recount Tuesday, despite trailing his opponent by over 6,000 votes, according to The Hill.
“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,” McCrory’s campaign manager Russell Peck told The Hill.
The current voting stands at 2,296,077 votes for Democratic challenger Roy Cooper, and 2,289,766 for McCrory, according to the most recent numbers published Tuesday.
“This is nothing but a last-ditch effort from Governor McCrory to delay and deny the results of this election,”Cooper campaign manager Trey Nix said in a statement, before adding the difference between the two candidates seems insurmountable.
“We are confident that a recount will do nothing to change the fact that Roy Cooper has won this election.”
Cooper announced the leaders of his transition team in an apparent attempt to move past the election and claim victory, but McCrory seems determined to dispute the results as long as possible.
McCrory alleges rampant voter fraud statewide, asserting that dead voters and illegal immigrants have voted in some of the ballots that have already been counted. Additionally, there are 60,000 provisional ballots that need to be evaluated before they can be counted.
A voter will fill in a provisional ballot if there are any questions about whether or not the voter is eligible to vote. Traditionally, a little over half of all provisional ballots are thrown out as being invalid.
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