November 28, 2012
White asks for hand-to-eye recount in state Senate race
machine recounts from eight counties showed Democratic state Sen. Stan
White of Dare County trailing his opponent, Republican Bill Cook of
Beaufort County, by a razor-thin margin of 21 votes.
to the North Carolina Board of Elections, 87,449 votes were cast in the
race for the District 1 state Senate seat.
After yesterday’s recount, Cook was leading with 43,745 votes to White’s 43,714.
Before the recount, Cook was leading white by 32 votes.
Yesterday, White asked for a “hand-to-eye” recount of the eight coastal counties in District 1.
called on White to concede after the voting machine recount, but White
said yesterday that many of his supporters had urged him to ask for the
In the hand-to-eye recount, paper ballots are examined one by one by election officials and party representatives.
to an Associated Press report, Gary Bartlett, executive director of the
State Board of Elections, said the board would meet by phone this week
to determine whether to require a hand-to-eye recount in a small sample
of precincts in the Senate district or in the entire district.
of Dare County was appointed early in 2011 to fill the seat held by
long-time Senate leader Marc Basnight, also from Dare County.
White is also a former member of the North Carolina Board of
Transportation and Dare County commissioner.
Cook is currently a
member of the state House of Representatives who declined to run again
for that seat and instead chose to challenge White for the Senate seat.
District 1 includes Dare, Hyde, Currituck, Beaufort, Camden, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans counties.
led Cook in Dare, Hyde, Gates, Pasquotank counties, while Cook
prevailed in Beaufort, Camden, Currituck, and Perquimans counties.