McIntyre's lead grows in New Hanover provisional vote count
Elections officials in New Hanover County spent more than ten hours checking more than two thousand provisional and absentee ballots
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Rep. Mike McIntyre gained 59 votes over David Rouzer in their Seventh District Congressional race, after workers finished tallying provisional and absentee ballots Thursday night in New Hanover County.
McIntyre added 291 absentee votes, 154 provisional votes and 21 more one-stop votes, for a total of 466. Rouzer added 257 absentee, 135 provisional and 15 one-stop for a total of 407. Unofficially, McIntyre led Rouzer by 420 votes out of more than 334,000 cast in the race.
All twelve counties in the seventh district will canvass votes on Friday. If the two candidates are separated by less than one percent, the trailing candidate can petition the State Board of Elections for a recount in the race. The deadline to submit the petition would be Tuesday, November 20.
Another close race for the third open seat on NH County Commission saw incumbent Jonathan Barfield extend his lead over challenger Derrick Hickey. Barfield added 595 votes to Hickey's 549, bringing the margin between the two candidates to 1,213 heading into the official canvass on Friday. Hickey must be within one percent in order to call for a recount.
In more than ten hours of work on Thursday, the elections board reviewed 2,062 total ballots. 1,610 were provisional ballots of which, 1,001 were not approved. 273 were partially approved and 336 were fully approved.
The Board of Elections also approved 22 military ballots, 25 overseas votes, and 405 civilian absentee ballots.
Official results will be announced after the county canvass, which will begin at 11 a.m. Friday.
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