Roy Cooper holds 5,200 vote lead in update totals

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Updated totals from the State Board of Elections show Democrat Roy Cooper now holds a more than 5,200-vote lead over Republican incumbent Pat McCrory in the race for North Carolina governor.

The State Board of Elections is updating race tallies as counties submit results that include votes cast as either provisional or absentee ballots.

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.

The trailing candidate in the governor’s race will be able to ask for a statewide recount if the vote margin remains 10,000 or less. McCrory’s campaign says that protests over election results are being filed in 50 counties.