Elections Board Names Jim Black Winner In Close House Race

The state Board of Elections has unanimously agreed to certify House Speaker Jim Black as the winner in his tight re-election race against Republican challenger Hal Jordan.

Black led Jordan in the Charlotte-area district by 30 votes after last week's recount. The board agreed that it had found nothing to indicate that the margin wouldn't hold up despite voting problems in one voting precinct.

Jordan said after the board's vote this morning that he would decide within the next two days whether to appeal the ruling to Superior Court.

But Jordan agreed that it appeared he had fallen short in his bid to unseat the Black, considered to be one of the Legislature's most powerful Democrats.

Black's district is strongly Democratic. But he found himself in a tough fight with Jordan following a year of legal troubles and ethics questions related to campaign fund raising and links to the video poker and lottery industries.