More counting puts Hunt ahead in North Carolina House race

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The counting of more ballots in an extremely close North Carolina legislative race now has the daughter of a former governor leading a chairman of a powerful House committee.

News outlets report Democrat Rachel Hunt is 64 votes ahead of Republican Rep. Bill Brawley after more absentee ballots received by Mecklenburg County were counted Friday. Brawley had a 52-vote lead after election night. Provisional and more absentee ballots will be counted next week.

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Hunt and Brawley competed in one of this fall’s most expensive and prominent legislative races. Hunt’s father is four-term Gov. Jim Hunt. Brawley is a top leader on the House Finance Committee.

Democrats won at least eight additional House seats Tuesday, ending the GOP’s veto-proof majority in the chamber. Republicans still will have the most seats.