By Sam Walker on December 3, 2012
With seven of eight counties having conducted hand-to-eye recounts of a percentage of ballots cast Nov. 6, Cook’s margin over White had shrunk by just one vote to 20.
White decided that the results in Perquimans County, which had scheduled their recount for Tuesday, would not likely change the outcome.
“I wish him the best of luck and certainly hope he represents (the first district) well,” White said Monday.
The Democrat from Nags Head was appointed to the seat in January 2011, succeeding longtime Senate leader Marc Basnight, who resigned for health reasons.
Cook, a Republican from Chocowinity, was elected in 2010 to the state House from the 6th District, but decided to run for the Senate after redistricting moved him into a district already controlled by the GOP.After Election Day, White led by 388 votes. When canvassing took place 10 days later, provisional and absentee ballots shifted the advantage to Cook.
A machine recount conducted last week shrank Cook’s lead to 21 votes and led to the hand-to-eye recount that started Friday.
Each county chose a random precinct, then two Democrats and two Republicans from the local board of elections inspected each ballots to confirm who received the vote.
The only difference in results from last week’s machine recount and the hand-to-eye recount was in a Camden County precinct, with one additional vote found for White.
With Cook’s victory, the North Carolina Republicans have now picked up two more seats in the Senate and expanded their super-majority to 33 of 50 seats.