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Republican NC auditor candidate calls for recount

Chuck Stuber
Chuck Stuber Raleigh

GOP candidate for state Auditor, Chuck Stuber, will formally ask the State Board of Elections for a recount of votes in his race against incumbent Democrat Beth Wood.

Stuber trails Wood by 5,993 votes, according to the board of elections count.

Board executive director Kim Westbrook Strach sent an email to county elections officials Tuesday morning, advising them of the goal to complete the recount by Thursday afternoon. The state elections board is meeting Friday to certify election results.

With Gov. Pat McCrory’s concession Monday, the race for Auditor is the last unresolved statewide contest.

On Tuesday afternoon, the N.C. Democratic Party called on Stuber to drop the recount request. “Instead of adding more uncertainty for North Carolina voters and charging taxpayers at least $1.5 million, Stuber should accept the will of the people and drop his recount request,” party executive director Kimberly Reynolds said in a news release.

Stuber says the recount is necessary, calling results a “dead heat.”

“As someone who is running for state auditor, I believe it is imperative to ensure absolute accuracy – whether with votes in an election, or with statistical data in an audit of an entity receiving government funds,” he said in a news release.

Lynn Bonner: 919-829-4821, @Lynn_Bonner