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NC Gov McCrory Claims Voter Fraud in Election Challenge

NC Gov McCrory Claims Voter Fraud in Election Challenge

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

By    |   Monday, 21 November 2016 09:19 PM

North Carolina's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is challenging his apparent loss on Nov. 8, saying voter fraud took place in 50 of the state's 100 counties, Politico reports.

Republican Donald Trump carried the state as part of his surprise defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton to win the presidency, but the incumbent McCrory came up short to Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who leads by about 7,000 votes as absentee and provisional ballots continue being counted two weeks later.

Refusing to concede, McCrory is contesting individual votes before election boards across the state. He maintains that votes were cast by felons and people who also voted in other states and that votes also were cast in the names of dead people.

The governor signed a voter ID law in 2013 which did not survive a federal court ruling earlier this year. The court said the law illegally suppressed black votes.

At least eight county election boards controlled by Republicans have rejected McCrory's appeals so far. His Democratic critics say he's simply using Trump's claims of a "rigged" system to try to discredit the process.

"In light of the Republican-controlled state and local Board of Elections summarily rejecting McCrory's frivolous requests, it's just time for Gov. McCrory to concede," Cooper's campaign strategist Morgan Jackson said. "It's time for him to stop wasting taxpayer dollars. It's time for him to stop putting up needless delays and to finally put the people of North Carolina above his own self-interest."

McCrory would need to present adequate evidence to repeal the votes of the equivalent of an entire county to win, Politico reports.

"The fact that so many Republicans won in the state, and there are others who didn't follow that pattern, I understand why people would want that looked into," William Brian, chairman of the Durham County Board of Elections, said.

If the margin between the candidates remains below 10,000, McCrory will be able to demand a recount.

"I expect the governor will ask for a recount but I don't think there's any chance it changes result," Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, who chairs the Democratic Governors Association, told Politico. "For the governor to talk about how inappropriate things happened — hey, Trump won the state! Hey, wake up, smell the coffee. You lost."

McCrory and Cooper were neck and neck in the polls as the state was embroiled in a transgender bathroom fight that divided the state. McCrory stood against allowing transgendered people using bathrooms of the sex they identify with in government-owned buildings.

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North Carolina's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is challenging his apparent loss on Nov. 8, saying voter fraud took place in 50 of the state's 100 counties, Politico reports.
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