John Carney

Democratic challenger holds slim lead in North Carolina governor's race, but GOP makes gains elsewhere

Democratic challenger holds slim lead in North Carolina governor's race, but GOP makes gains elsewhere

A Democratic challenger held a razor-thin lead over Republican Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina early Wednesday in a hard-fought, high-profile governor’s race, one of several around the country on a night that mostly favored the GOP.    

With virtually all precincts reporting, state Atty. Gen. Roy Cooper led McCrory by roughly 4,000 votes out of more than 4 million cast.  

With 12 governorships up for grabs, Republicans maintained control of four of those chief executive seats and picked off two Democratic ones, while Democrats held onto three in the initial races counted.

Even with five contests still in play, Republicans retained...

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