Chuck Stuber, Republican candidate for state auditor, conceded victory to incumbent State Auditor Beth Wood today as the official recount comes to a close for his election.
Stuber, a former FBI agent and investigator at the State Board of Elections, ran against Wood on a platform of uncovering waste and corruption in the state.
In a statement announcing his concession, Stuber said, “The statewide recount is almost over, and it appears my campaign will come up short on the vote count. I want to offer my congratulations to State Auditor Beth Wood and wish her the best on her next term in office. I also want to thank all the people who supported me during my first run for public office and the over 2.2 million North Carolinians who voted for me.
“My entire professional career has been one of public service, and I hope I will have the opportunity to serve the citizens of North Carolina again in some capacity in the future.”
Wood held about a 6,000-vote lead over Stuber around the time he conceded the race, as the recount came to a close.
Stuber was the last of the statewide candidates to concede after Gov. Pat McCrory conceded his race to Governor-elect Roy Cooper early this week.
Cooper beat out McCrory by a little more than 10,000 votes, putting him outside of the range to be able to demand a recount.
Sen. Buck Newton (R-Johnston) also conceded his race this week against former Sen. Josh Stein (D-Wake) for the attorney general’s seat left open by Cooper.
Stein beat out Newton by almost 25,000 votes.
NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes issued a statement alongside Stuber’s, thanking him for his effort in the race.
“We are so proud of the efforts of Chuck Stuber, who ran a great race,” Hayes said. “While he came up a hair short, his commitment to honest, open and accountable government ensures him a great future in our state and our party.”