North Carolina Supreme Court race headed to recount; fewer than 400 votes between candidates

The 2020 race for North Carolina Attorney General pits incumbent Democratic Supreme Court Chief...
The 2020 race for North Carolina Attorney General pits incumbent Democratic Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley against Republican challenger Paul Newby.(Campaign websites)
Updated: Nov. 17, 2020 at 12:52 PM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A statewide recount of the Supreme Court race in North Carolina is set to begin later this week.

According to a news release from the State Board of Elections, the recount will likely take several days in some counties, and some county boards of elections have to complete their recounts by Nov. 25.

Wake County Board of Elections tells CBS 17 they will begin counting Thursday. Rockingham County is counting between 70 and 75 provisional ballots that should be posted later Tuesday.

This will be North Carolina’s first statewide recount since the 2016 state auditor’s race, which confirmed the results in that contest, according to the State Board of Elections.

The recount was requested by incumbent Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley (D).

Beasley sent a letter to the State Board of Elections on Tuesday.

The data from the State Board of Elections shows Beasley trails Republican Paul Newby by 376 votes out of nearly 5.4 million cast in the race for the state’s highest court, putting the race within the 10,000-vote threshold for a recount.

“We cannot express enough gratitude for the hard work of our county boards of elections, who continue to ensure accurate and fair results in this election,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “Recounts are an important part of the elections process that help guarantee voters' wishes are realized in the closest of contests.”

Another race that was closely watched as a potential recount was the attorney general.

Incumbent Josh Stein (D) holds a lead of more than 13,000 votes over Republican Jim O’Neill on Tuesday.

On Monday, the State Board of Elections issued guidance on the recount process for the county boards of elections.

All 100 county boards of elections will recount the ballots by running them through tabulators, a news release said. The counties are responsible for the recount costs.

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