- Associated Press - Thursday, December 1, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Ballot counting is essentially complete in all but two of North Carolina’s 100 counties and Democrat Roy Cooper still has a lead of more than 10,000 votes over Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

A State Board of Elections official said Thursday some counties are making minor adjustments in tallies in light of a board directive. The most significant potential tabulation changes remain in Durham and Bladen counties.

Durham officials have been ordered to recount more than 90,000 ballots after technical challenges on election night. The state board told Durham late Thursday to complete the recount by early Monday evening.

The state board also scheduled a Saturday hearing to consider a Bladen candidate’s formal protest that alleged absentee ballot fraud.

Board spokesman Pat Gannon said the board wants to finalize statewide counts for all races by Dec. 9.

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