Two close North Carolina races are going to a recount following the Nov. 4 Midterm Elections. Both fall within the 1 percent margin required for a recount.
The outcomes of the race for Cheri Beasley’s seat on the NC Supreme Court as well as the District 15 Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Neal Hunt are still up in the air.
The Republican challenger for Beasley’s seat, Mike Robinson, filed for the recount Monday. Beasley, the incumbent judge, is a Democrat.
According to preliminary counts, Robinson trails Beasley by 5,427 votes, or 0.22 percent of the total ballots cast in the statewide race.
A win for Robinson would strengthen the Republican hold on the state’s highest courts, where if Beasley keeps her seat the Democrats will be in a better position to claim a majority in the next election cycle.
Currently the court rests at a 4-3 split with Republicans holding the majority of seats.
Both campaigns have been gearing up for the recount, with Beasley seeking help from a team of lawyers, as well as thanking Democratic volunteers offering to monitor the recount.
In Wake County, Tom Bradshaw, a former Raleigh mayor, filed for a recount on Monday as well in his state Senate race with John Alexander.
Alexander, the Republican, leads by 701 votes as of Tuesday afternoon, a margin of 0.85 percent of the total ballots cast in the race.
Alexander has not declared victory in the race.