RALEIGH, N.C. – Democrat Roy Cooper is gaining votes in the race for North Carolina Governor as cities and counties report their official results.
On election night Cooper lead incumbent Pat McCrory by about 5,000 votes. As of late Friday afternoon Cooper’s lead had grown to more than 6,300 votes.
Counties are supposed to certify their results by Friday, but some local election officials have said they won’t meet the deadline because of legal challenges filed by McCrory.
The Republican Governor has filed challenges in fifty counties, alleging that convicted felons and even dead people voted.
At least three counties, including heavily democratic Durham, have rejected his challenge.
Election officials are also dealing with a court ruling involving voters who registered through the Division of Motor Vehicles, as they continue to count provisional and absentee ballots.
Even after the legal challenges are resolved McCrory may ask for a recount, so it’s possible North Carolinians may not know who their next Governor is until some time in 2017.