NORTH CAROLINA (WAVY/WNCN) — As Democrat Roy Cooper claimed victory in North Carolina’s whisker-thin gubernatorial race, final precincts came in and showed Cooper ahead.
Cooper came out shortly after Gov. Pat McCrory addressed supporters and said the race would be determined by a canvass of the state’s 100 counties on Nov. 18.
“We have won this race for governor, I’m glad you stayed,” Cooper told a crowd of supporters.
Cooper said he is confident that the results of the election will be certified and that they will confirm victory.
With all precincts counted, but not official, Cooper had 2,280,972 votes (48.96 percent) while current North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory had 2,276,492 (48.87 percent.)
The difference between the two is 4,480 votes, but McCrory said that he will continue to fight as provisional ballots are reviewed.
McCrory told supporters that the election isn’t over and that they need to respect the election system.
McCrory came out after midnight to talk to supporters as the latest figures showed he trailed Cooper by 3,700 votes.
The governor also alluded to voting troubles in Durham County, where a computer glitch led to extended voting hours. McCrory had appeared to be ahead late Tuesday. But that was before the results of ballots at five early-voting sites in Durham County had been reported to the state, according to State Board of Elections official Veronica Degraffenreid.
McCrory said the final result will depend on the county canvasses scheduled for Nov. 18.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.