As of this writing, the North Carolina gubernatorial race has yet to be decided. But it appears attorney general Roy Cooper (D) may be close to being able to legitimately declare himself the winner over incumbent GOP governor Pat McCrory. Unsurprisingly, the Charlotte Observer editorial board is ready to fly their “Mission Accomplished” banner. But the calls for a recount and questions about voter fraud from the McCrory campaign have delayed the struggling paper’s victory celebration, and as you can imagine, they aren’t happy about it.
Unlike other gubernatorial races across the country that were decided on November 8th, the battle for who will be NC’s next governor is still ongoing. Less than 5,000 votes separate incumbent GOP Governor Pat McCrory and NC AG Roy Cooper, his Democratic challenger who holds the ever so slight lead.