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NC Senate candidate Tom Bradshaw 'inclined' to seek recount

State Senate candidate Tom Bradshaw's campaign is awaiting updated vote tallies this week but is "inclined" to seek a recount in the close race against Republican John Alexander.

"I think he's inclined to do it," said Gary Pearce, a consultant for the Bradshaw campaign. Pearce said supporters have encouraged the candidate, a former Raleigh mayor and Democrat, not to concede the race just yet.

The Wake County Board of Election will update the vote count by the end of the week after they review provisional ballots. If the margin separating Alexander and Bradshaw remains within 1 percent of the total votes, Bradshaw will have until 5 p.m. Monday to request a recount.

In election night results, Bradshaw and Alexander are separated by just 717 votes, or 0.89 percent of the total ballots cast. Alexander declared victory on election night.

If a recount is requested, it is likely to be North Carolina’s only recount for the recent state Senate and state House races.