NC gubernatorial race likely not over until Nov 18, McCrory says

RALEIGH, N.C.  – Gov. Pat McCrory spoke to supporters just before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday as ballots were still being counted across North Carolina.

Rival Roy Cooper shot to a lead of more than 3,000 votes after Durham’s precincts fully reported.

McCrory said he’ll fight to make sure every vote counts as provisional ballots are reviewed. He said results may not be official until Nov. 18.

“We plan to be governor right here in North Carolina in a second term,” McCrory said.

After all of Durham’s ballots were counted, Roy Cooper pulled slightly ahead of Pat McCrory.

Roy Cooper: 2,272,737
Pat McCrory: 2,270,002
99.4 percent of North Carolina precincts reporting