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North Carolina’s high races for lawyers and judges are anticipated to final just a few extra days – WXII12 Winston-Salem

Election results for North Carolina’s top attorney and judges are unlikely to be cleared for a few days when postal ballots are received and tentative ballots are reviewed nationwide. In the running for the attorney general, incumbent Democrat Josh Stein was at the door of Republican challenger Jim O’Neill, the district attorney for Forsyth County. Cheri Beasley, Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court, met challenger Paul Newby, who is currently serving as Associate Justice. Click the Video Player Above for Political Headlines From WXII 12 News Messages sent to voters have not been returned but can be counted if received by the county’s polling offices by November 12th. The State Board of Elections announced Thursday that around 41,000 preliminary ballot papers cast on election day will also be reviewed by the county boards. Ballot papers submitted by qualified voters will be added to the circle tables by the end of next week. The Associated Press also didn’t call five other statewide races: for the President, the US Senate, the accountant, the commissioner for labor, and one more seat of the Supreme Court. Once all ballots have been counted and approved by the district boards, statewide candidates can request a recount if they reach 10,000 votes or less. In the attorney general’s race, Stein believes he will win a second term of four years. “We’ll wait to make sure that all votes are counted, that’s how democracy works,” Stein said on election night. “But considering where we are, I am extremely confident of the result.” O’Neill told reporters Wednesday that anyone who casts a vote or mailed one by Tuesday “deserves an opportunity to hear their voice and opinion.” “We believe there is a lot more going on in the race right now and we won’t know how things really go until next week,” said O’Neill on a video call. Stein, a former state senator and director of consumer protection at the Justice Department was a successful fundraiser in the campaign, raising $ 5.2 million in the third quarter alone, compared to $ 329,000 from O’Neill. Both candidates benefited from external groups that sent mailers to voters. The campaign’s biggest controversy came when Stein ran a television commercial with a woman who said O’Neill had abused sexual assault test kits in Forsyth County. O’Neill said the ad was fake because police departments, not prosecutors, are responsible for the tests. He filed a complaint against Stein with the State Board of Elections, accusing him of breaking a false ad campaign law. O’Neill said Wednesday that he has not yet heard from the board. He said he was also considering a complaint from the NC State Bar. Stein “had to file a false and malicious complaint against me in order to maintain his political power,” O’Neill said on Wednesday. Stein’s campaign defended the commercial, highlighting Stein’s efforts to reduce the backlog of untested kits. O’Neill’s “allegations are as childish as they are false,” said campaign manager Eric Stern. The state’s two former attorneys general have been elected governor: Democrats Mike Easley and current Governor Roy Cooper. WXII 12 News is committed to fair and balanced presentation of coverage of the 2020 United States Presidential Election in North Carolina. Click here to stay up to date with the latest local, state, and national political headlines.

Election results for North Carolina’s top attorney and judges are unlikely to be cleared for a few days when postal ballots are received and tentative ballots are reviewed nationwide.

In the race for attorney general, incumbent Democrat Josh Stein faced Republican challenger Jim O’Neill, the district attorney for Forsyth County. Cheri Beasley, chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court, met challenger Paul Newby, who is currently associate justice.

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Both races are too early to call as up to 116,000 postal ballot papers sent to voters have not been returned but can be counted if received by the county polling offices by November 12th.

The State Board of Elections announced Thursday that around 41,000 preliminary ballots cast on election day will also be reviewed by the county boards. Ballot papers submitted by qualified voters will be added to the circle tables by the end of next week.

The Associated Press has also not scheduled five other nationwide races: for the President, the US Senate, the accountant, the Labor Commissioner, and another seat of the Supreme Court. Once all ballots have been counted and approved by the district boards, statewide candidates can request a recount if they reach 10,000 votes or less.

In the attorney general’s race, Stein said he believed he would win a second term of four years.

“We will wait to make sure that all votes are counted – this is how a democracy works,” Stein said on election night. “But considering where we are, I am extremely confident of the result.”

O’Neill told reporters Wednesday that anyone who submitted a ballot or sent one by the Tuesday deadline “deserves an opportunity to hear their voice and opinion.”

“We believe there is a lot more going on in the race right now and we won’t know how things really go until next week,” said O’Neill on a video call.

Stein, a former senator and director of consumer protection at the Department of Justice, was a successful fundraiser in the campaign, raising $ 5.2 million in the third quarter alone, compared with $ 329,000 from O’Neill. Both candidates benefited from external groups that sent mailers to voters.

The campaign’s biggest controversy came when Stein ran a television commercial with a woman who said O’Neill had abused sexual assault test kits in Forsyth County. O’Neill said the ad was fake because police departments, not prosecutors, are responsible for the tests.

He filed a complaint against Stein with the State Board of Elections, accusing him of violating a campaign false advertisement law. O’Neill said Wednesday that he has not yet heard from the board. He said he was also considering a complaint from the NC State Bar.

Stein “had to file a false and malicious complaint against me in order to maintain his political power,” O’Neill said on Wednesday. Stein’s campaign defended the commercial, highlighting Stein’s efforts to reduce the backlog of untested kits.

O’Neill’s “allegations are as childish as they are false,” said campaign manager Eric Stern.

The state’s two former attorneys general have been elected governor: Democrats Mike Easley and current Governor Roy Cooper.

WXII 12 News is committed to fair and balanced coverage of the 2020 US presidential election in North Carolina. Click here to stay up to date with the latest local, state, and national political headlines.

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