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Hand-to-eye recount begins in close NC Senate race

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ELIZABETH CITY, NC (AP) -- Election officials are resuming their work on the result of a North Carolina state Senate race more than three weeks after Election Day.

Democratic incumbent Stan White asked for a hand-to-eye recount in his 1st Senate District contest that showed him just 21 votes behind Republican Bill Cook. The recount was to begin Friday afternoon at the Pasquotank County election board. Seven other counties in the district scheduled the recount for next week.

A machine recount earlier this week in the coastal counties trimmed Cook's lead from 32 votes. In a hand-to-eye recount, election officials and party representatives examine paper ballots one-by-one to determine and record choices.

Election officials will initially perform hand-to-eye recounts in a small number of precincts to project mathematically whether all 87,000-plus ballots should be scrutinized.

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