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Governor's Race Comes Down To Provisional and Absentee Ballots PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 10 November 2016 14:31
The outcome of the governor's race hinges on more than 44,000 absentee and provisional ballots. 
Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper held a lead of 4,980 over Republican Gov. Pat McCrory  not counting provisional and absentee ballots. Both men have hired attorneys who specialize in election law according to the Raleigh News and Observer. 
Provisional ballots are held until the questions can be resolved and reported to the county elections board. ,County boards are scheduled to certify the results on Nov. 18.
The runner-up in a statewide race can ask for a recount if the final count separates the two candidates by fewer than 10,000 votes.
GOP Makes Inroads On Council Of State PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 10 November 2016 13:54
Results in Council of State races (as of Nov. 10)
Governor: Roy Cooper (D) leads Pat McCrory* (R), 48.97 percent to 48.86 percent
Lt. Governor: Dan Forest* (R) leads Linda Coleman (D), 51.9 percent to 45.3 percent
Attorney General: Josh Stein (D) leads Buck Newton (R), 50.23 percent to 49.77 percent
Auditor: Beth Wood* (D) leads Chuck Stuber (R), 50.03 percent to 49.97 percent
Commissioner of Agriculture: Steve Troxler* (R) leads Walter Smith (D), 55.6 percent to 44.4 percent
Commissioner of Insurance: Mike Causey (R) leads Wayne Goodwin* (D), 50.43 percent to 49.57 percent
Commissioner of Labor: Cherie Berry* (R) leads Charles Meeker (D), 55.2 percent to 44.7 percent
Secretary of State: Elaine Marshall* (D) leads Michael LaPaglia, 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Mark Johnson (R) leads June Atkinson* (D), 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent
Treasurer: Dale Folwell (R) leads Dan Blue III (D), 52.7 percent to 47.3 percent.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2016 13:56
Republicans Hold Veto-Proof Majorites In General Assembly PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 10 November 2016 13:42
Republicans maintained their veto-proof majorities in General Assembly gaining a seat in the Senate while losing one in the House.
In the Senate, Republican challenger J.R. Britt easily defeated incumbent Democrat Jane Smith in District 13, 55 percent to 45 percent. No other incumbents were defeated.
The GOP lost two House seats. In Wake County, Democrat Joe John defeated incumbent Republican Marilyn Avila in District 40 by slightly more than 300 votes and in District 49, Democrat Cynthia Ball bested incumbent Rep. Gary Pendleton 48.7 percent to 47.2 percent. The GOP flipped three other seats. In House District 46 (Bladen, Columbus, and Robeson counties), Republican Brenden Jones beat Democrat Tim Benton, 60-36, in the race to replace Democratic incumbent Ken Waddell. In House District 51 (Harnett and Lee counties), former GOP state Rep. John Sauls defeated Democratic incumbent Brad Salmon, 56-44. And in District 119 in the southwestern mountain counties, Republican Mike Clampitt defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Sam Queen by roughly 300 votes.
In Mecklenburg County, Democrats won District 88, in which Mary Belk defeated incumbent Republican Rob Bryan by 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent; and District 92, where Democrat Chaz Beazley defeated Republican Beth Danae Caulfield, 55 percent to 45 percent in the seat vacated by retiring incumbent Republican Charles Jeter.
In the northeastern corner of the state’s House District 6, Republican Beverly Boswell narrowly defeated Democrat Tess Judge (appointed by local Democrats to take the place on the ballot of her husband Warren Judge, who died Sunday) by a 51.5-48.5 percent margin
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2016 13:47
Governor's Race A Dead Heat In WRAL Poll PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 10:32
The race between Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper is a virtual tie days out from the election in the latest clusive WRAL News poll released Tuesday.
SurveyUSA polled 659 people statewide who have already cast their ballots or are likely to vote between Friday and Monday and found the Cooper leads McCrory 48 to 47 percent. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points.
McCrory appears to have benefited from his handling of Hurricane Matthew. In the WRAL survey, 39 percent of respondents rated his handling of the disaster preparation and recovery effort as excellent, with another 31 percent said his efforts were good. Only 6 percent said he did a poor job of responding to the storm.
At 45 percent, the governor's approval rating is the highest it's been in the four WRAL News polls conducted this year, and it's only 1 point below his disapproval rating, which is the closest he's come in the four polls to breaking even.
Cooper's approval rating remains far ahead of his disapprovals, 47 to 33 percent, although 20 percent are still undecided about his performance as attorney general.
In the Lietutenant Governor's race, Republican Dan Forest leads Democratic challenger Linda Coleman 49 to 42 percent while Democrat Josh Stein of Wake County leads Buck Newton, R-Wilson, 47 to 43 percent, in the race for Attorney General.

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