Democrat’s lead widens in North Carolina governor’s race

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, left, shakes hands with North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, right, after a candidate forum in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, June 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, left, shakes hands with North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, right, after a candidate forum in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, June 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In North Carolina, hardly anyone is willing to guess when their excruciatingly close governor’s race will be resolved.

A Friday deadline has come and gone with Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper still leading Republican Gov. Pat McCrory by just a fraction of 1 percent — about 6,600 votes out of nearly 4.7 million cast.

McCrory is fighting for his political life in a battleground state that Donald Trump and Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr won by relatively comfortable margins.

After lengthy legal battles over how, when and where people could vote, they’re fighting now over whether to count 60,000 provisional ballots and thousands more absentee ballots that have remained sealed since Election Day.

McCrory’s campaign is supporting fraud allegations that voters are pursuing in more than half the state’s counties.