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Think Tank - Cooper Outspent McCrory On Television Ads By Nearly 2 to 1 Margin PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 November 2016 11:27
The Center for Public Integrity reports more than $52 million was spent on nearly 97,000 commercials during the latest election cycle.
The think tank reports that North Carolina had the second highest spending in a governor race — $34.7 million on 66,725 commercials. Democratic challenger Roy Cooper spent nearly twice as much as Republican incumbent Pat McCrory on TV ads: $13.4 million to the governor’s $7.6 million.
North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory trails Attorney General Roy Cooper by about 7,700 votes, which are still being counted; McCrory has asked for a recount.
McCrory’s biggest outside supporter in the TV ads war was the Republican Governors Association, which spent $3.6 million. Cooper benefited from $4.2 million in spending by a nonprofit called A Better NC.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016 11:34
Governor McCrory Files For Recount PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 13:48
Governor Pat McCrory has officially filed for a recount in the gubernatorial race against Roy Cooper. 
McCrory trails Cooper by 6,519 votes out of more than 4.5 million votes cast during the general election. 
McCrory's campaign sent out a press release Tuesday afternoon saying McCrory was joining Chuck Stuber, candidate for state auditor, in "officially filing for a statewide recount Tuesday morning."
"With serious concerns of potential voter fraud emerging across the state, it is becoming more apparent that a thorough recount is one way the people of North Carolina can have confidence in the results, process and system," a portion of McCrory's letter to the State Board of Elections reads.
Cooper Names Transition Team Leaders PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 12:43
Attorney General Roy Cooper on Monday named the leaders of his transition team although the governor's race has yet to be certified. 
Cooper leads Governor Pat McCrory by 6,519 votes in the unofficial count. Under North Carolina law, a candidate for statewide office can call for a recount if the margin is less than 10,000 votes.
The final counts have been delayed by numerous issues including protests filed by Republicans; voters who registered at Division of Motor Vehicles offices but whose names did not appear on voters rolls as well as problems with absentee and provisional ballots. 
Anticipating victory, Cooper has selected Kristi Jones of Raleigh, Jim W. Phillips Jr. of Greensboro and Ken Eudy to leadership positions of his transition team. 
Jones works for Cooper as chief of staff in the Attorney General's Office. The Wilson native graduated from N.C. Central University and earned a law degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. Phillips, an attorney, represented Cooper him in a long-running defamation lawsuit stemming from a campaign for attorney general. Eudy is a former executive director of the N.C. Democratic Party and a former newspaper and TV reporter.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 16:45
Governor's Race Comes Down To Provisional and Absentee Ballots PDF Print E-mail
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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.

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