Stuber concedes in NC auditor’s race

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Beth Wood and Chuck Stuber

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Latest on finalizing the results of North Carolina’s Nov. 8 election (all times local):

1:05 p.m.

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The Republican challenging North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood has conceded that she won the job for another four years, as a nearly completed statewide recount shows the Democratic incumbent keeping a small lead.

Chuck Stuber congratulated Wood on Friday for her victory. He says it appears his campaign would come up short on the vote count. The partial recount totals show Wood leading by a little over 6,000 votes. The final results for auditor won’t be certified until early next week.

Wood was first elected auditor in 2008.

Another race not yet certified is one for a state House district covering parts of Wilson and Pitt counties. There, GOP Rep. Susan Martin of Wilson has claimed victory after The Wilson Times reported (http://bit.ly/2h6acr7 ) that recount has been completed.

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10:30 a.m.

North Carolina officials have finalized nearly all the results from last month’s elections, but they’ll wait a little longer on two races because recounts haven’t quite finished.

The State Board of Elections on Friday reviewed numbers from all 100 counties for races under its jurisdiction like governor and U.S. Senate and certified results. Actual documents declaring each winner – like Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper and Republican Sen. Richard Burr – should be completed next week. Friday also set the stage for Donald Trump to receive the state’s electoral votes.

But the panel delayed certifying races for state auditor and a state House race covering parts of Wilson and Pitt counties until after receiving recounted results. Unofficial results have Democratic Auditor Beth Wood and Republican Rep. Susan Martin leading those races.

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