November 28, 2012

White asks for hand-to-eye recount in state Senate race


Voting 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.

According 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.

Cook 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 fuller recount.

In the hand-to-eye recount, paper ballots are examined one by one by election officials and party representatives.

According 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.

White 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.

White led Cook in Dare, Hyde, Gates, Pasquotank counties, while Cook prevailed in Beaufort, Camden, Currituck, and Perquimans counties.

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