Cooper camp says lead is growing over McCrory

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The campaign said: "Many of these counties denied citizens the right to review absentee ballot envelopes to look for similar patterns, but there are thousands of absentee ballots in these 11 counties that need to be reviewed to ensure that only lawful, valid votes are counted in this election". A GOP lawyer is expected to present evidence of Election Day wrongful or illegal conduct to the Durham elections board on Wednesday backing the governor's demand for a quick, manual recount. But multiple elections officials were watching as the results were tallied and spot-checks also were performed that night, he said.

"There was no wildly disharmonious result", Brian said. "Then we'll see if the Democrats are content to follow the rules they wrote". "We think that it's very important that every vote counts and every vote is counted properly", McCrory spokesman Ricky Diaz said.

Cooper declared himself the victor on election night but has kept a low profile since then, and his staff and legal team said McCrory's fraud allegations are a sign of desperation. The general counsel for the state Republican Party last week charged the Durham board with "malfeasance" in the vote count.

Stark acknowledged a recount may have little impact on the outcome.

McCrory's campaign alleges that the Democratic Party also transferred money to political action committees in the other 11 counties and that "similar absentee voting and handwriting patterns as in Bladen County have been discovered in at least one of these counties". "Until we get this report, there are some provisionals that we can not review".

Counties were supposed to finish this process Friday, but state elections officials said they don't expect it to get done on time and have given no deadline for when it might get finished.

McCrory's campaign said that protests over election results are being filed in 50 counties.

Durham board chairman William Brian said Tuesday that last week's glitch forced staffers to manually enter ballots cast before election day hours after polls closed November 8.

The uncertainty has been punctuated this week by a war of words between Republicans and Democrats, with McCrory's campaign accusing Cooper of being lax on voter fraud and Cooper's campaign calling the incumbent dishonest and desperate.

The votes had to be manually uploaded and the county board - in conjunction with the state board - made a decision to delay that process until after election day results were entered as to not slow down those results. Roy Cooper is making presumptuous statements based on piecemeal results from a handful of Democrat-leaning counties in order to deflect attention away from serious voter fraud concerns that are emerging across the state.

The problem with the precedent is that the 2004 legislature stepped in when the Democratic nominee held a lead.

The fraudulent ballots were identified as problematic after Dowless brought suspicions of voter fraud in his race for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor to the attention of the Bladen County Board of Elections prior to Election Day.

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