Canvass shows White trailing by 32 in Senate race

By on November 17, 2012

Election boards across North Carolina spent Friday canvassing the results of the Nov. 6 general election, and one local legislative race saw its outcome change, with a recount likely.

Unofficial results on election night showed state Sen. Stan White (D-Dare) had defeated Bill Cook, his Republican challenger from Beaufort County, by 388 votes for the District 1 seat.

But after Friday’s canvass, Cook is now ahead of White by 32 votes (43,743 to 43,711), well within the 1-percent margin required for a recount of votes in all eight counties.

In the race for the N.C. House District 6 seat, Democrat Paul Tine of Kitty Hawk is now ahead of Republican Mattie Lawson from Kill Devil Hills by 458 votes (20,756 to 20,298). Tine has a 1.12 percent advantage, enough to avoid a recount by the four counties that make up that district.

““This race was very close, and I am proud of the campaign we ran and our message,” Tine said in statement. “My opponent also ran a strong campaign, and I wish her well.”

Tine went on to say he would represent the entire district and made a point to include those who may have voted for Lawson.

Tine promised to keep “the lines of communication open” and encouraged constituents to contact him at (252) 216-6311 or

Canvassing is done 10 days after Election Day.

County elections boards add provisional ballots that have been legally approved, and mail-in absentee ballots that have arrived since election day, then check for any mistakes in their totals.

The state Board of Elections will meet Nov. 27 to certify the canvassed results sent in by the counties.

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