Gov. McCrory files for statewide recount in race against Cooper

In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, right, debates with Democratic challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper in a live televised debate in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The North Carolina governor's race is everything voters anticipated it would be: expensive attack ads and barbed debates before what's essentially a referendum on the state's recent rightward tilt under Republican rule, particularly the state law limiting protections for LGBT people _ known as House Bill 2. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/WAVY) — Gov. Pat McCrory has filed for a statewide recount in his race against North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, his campaign announced Tuesday afternoon.

In a news release, McCrory’s campaign states the recount was filed to meet a date that had been originally statutorily specified. A formal recount will not happen until after county boards of election certify their results.

Russell Peck, McCrory’s campaign manager, stated in the release:

With many outstanding votes yet to be counted for the first time, legal challenges, ballot protests and voter fraud allegations, we must keep open the ability to allow the established recount process to ensure every legal vote is counted properly.”