North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is now protesting votes cast for Attorney General Roy Cooper in 50 counties, including Guilford, Forsyth, Davidson, Alamance, Rockingham and Stokes Counties in the Triad.
An email from McCrory's campaign sent Wednesday afternoon says they're challenging what they believe to be potentially fraudulent absentee ballots cast by 'dead people, felons or individuals who voted more than once.' The campaign wants each County's Board of Elections to review absentee ballots and look for evidence of ballot harvesting.
Counties across the state are busy preparing 65,000 provisional ballots for canvass day on Friday. About 7,000 of those are from here in the Triad.
McCrory's campaign is protesting in the following counties:
- New Hanover
"Now we know why Roy Cooper fought so hard against voter ID and other efforts to combat voter fraud as attorney general," said Russell Peck, Pat McCrory's campaign manager. "With each passing day, we discover more and more cases of voting fraud and irregularities. We intend to make sure that every vote is properly counted and serious voter fraud concerns are addressed before the results of the election can be determined."
Cooper for NC spokesman Ford Porter responded saying, "Governor McCrory has set a new standard for desperation in his attempts to undermine the results of an election he lost. The truth is this election was administered by Republicans appointed by Governor McCrory himself. Roy Cooper's margin of victory has grown since Election Day and will continue to grow stronger as final votes are tallied. Voters chose a new Governor, it's time for the McCrory campaign to accept it."
A winner for the Governor's race has still not been officially determined. About 5,000 votes separate McCrory and Cooper. McCrory had the lead most of election night until 94,000 votes were reported late in Durham County to give Cooper the lead. Tuesday, the chairman of the Durham County Board of Elections said McCrory won't find the votes he needs to win the election in his county.
McCrory's campaign claims there was an error in the machines that scan the ballots causing memory cards to fail. The campaign had already requested a recount for Durham and Bladen Counties.
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