- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Durham County officials want more time to complete a recount of 94,000 ballots, saying they’ve got a lot of work ahead and can’t meet the Monday deadline set by North Carolina’s elections board.

Durham elections board Chairman Bill Brian on Friday said the panel would formally ask the state board for a recount completion by Wednesday. Brian says more tabulation machines are coming in and additional workers are needed.

The state board’s Republican majority this week reversed an earlier Durham board decision and ordered a recount because technical troubles on election night raised public perception something may not be right with the totals.

The recount could be GOP Gov. Pat McCrory’s last chance against Democrat Roy Cooper, who leads McCrory by more than 10,000 votes in unofficial results.

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