North Carolina's Governor Won't Concede Without A Fight

McCrory_Cooper

"It's time for him to concede this race and be as dignified as we know he can be".

The McCrory campaign has been involved in filing dozens of elections protests regarding dead voters, felon voters, people voting twice and absentee ballot concerns - some of which were rejected by Republican-led county election boards on Friday.

Except for a protest over the counting of 94,000 early votes in Durham County - rejected unanimously by the local board - the number of ballots at issue in other disclosed protests is less than the race's current margin. "This race is over", said Cooper for NC campaign manager Trey Nix in a press statement. While the McCrory campaign's false accusations have been rejected, Roy Cooper's lead has grown to almost 8,000 votes.

North Carolina's Governor Won't Concede Without A Fight
North Carolina's Governor Won't Concede Without A Fight

He has also made a video declaring himself the victor and calling McCrory's rhetoric "misleading and dishonest", and saying it is meant to "cause confusion and fear".

The Civitas Institute, a conservative media outlet, is suing the North Carolina State Board of Elections in federal court in an attempt to have same-day registration votes held until a mail verification process "can run its course". Pat McCrory campaign's request to move jurisdiction of 50 formal protests to the board. "(Counties) need to make fact-finding decisions". Their rulings could still be appealed to the state board, whose members are appointed by the governor.

But Cooper's campaign is declaring victory and moving forward with naming a transition team, with an eye toward a gubernatorial inauguration the first week of January. The team's executive director is Ken Eudy, a Raleigh public relations firm executive, former state Democratic Party executive director and newspaper reporter.

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Roy Cooper has posted a "We're Hiring" message on the homepage of his transition website. Not for McCrory, who increasingly looks like a sore loser, and not for the people of North Carolina, who made their choice and deserve to be respected for that choice - by the loser as well as the victor.

The lawsuit says North Carolina law requires election officials to check the residency of same-day registrants by sending them mail and seeing if it comes back returned. It would be irresponsible to wait any longer to tackle the issues we campaigned on across the state.

Refusing to concede, McCrory is contesting individual votes before election boards across the state.

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Whether McCrory can prove enough voter fraud to reach that point - and whether the Republican-controlled legislature would actually flip the election McCrory's way - has been a topic of speculation in the Tar Heel State, but for now the possibility is safely in the distance. McCrory seems to realize he's going to end up with fewer votes than Cooper, but as Slate's Mark Joseph Stern explained yesterday, the Republican is looking ahead, trying to delay the formal declaration of a victor "in order to let the Republican-dominated legislature ignore the true result and re-install McCrory as governor for another four years".

"Last week Gov. -elect Cooper increased his lead by almost 3,000 votes and the campaign defeated numerous unfounded challenges", Elias said.

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