- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on counting the votes in North Carolina’s close race for governor (all times local):

7 p.m.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s fiercest critic says it’s time McCrory “end these games” as his campaign supports unfounded voting fraud allegations and acknowledge he lost his bid for re-election.

State NAACP president the Rev. William Barber spoke at a rally Monday evening attended by several hundred people outside the old Capitol building, where McCrory keeps an office.

Unofficial results show McCrory trailing Democrat Roy Cooper by more than 9,000 votes. Republicans have filed protests in many counties alleging people were ineligible to vote.

Barber says voters gave McCrory a failing grade for his nearly four years in office and it’s time election results are certified. He also threatened mass protests and arrests if the legislature intervened to decide the outcome of the race.

Barber also praised North Carolina voters for their “progressive thinking” in races for attorney general, auditor and the Supreme Court - all won by Democrats.

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5:45 p.m.

A Republican’s request to have votes recounted by hand in Durham County after equipment failure on election night will be heard Wednesday by the North Carolina board of elections.

The board announced Monday the hearing time for the appeal of the protest rejected earlier by the Durham County board. The protest covers 94,000 ballots - most of them cast during early voting - that could affect close races for governor and state auditor.

The state board met Sunday to consider setting an appeal date and delayed a decision because it first wanted more information from Durham officials, but board chairman Grant Whitney anticipated a hearing this week.

GOP attorney Tom Stark filed the protest. He says it’s not been determined whether the reported results equal those from the actual ballots.

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