Final Ballots Could Expand Obama's North Carolina Lead

North Carolina's election chief says he wouldn't be surprised to see Barack Obama's slim lead in the state increase as counties count thousands of provisional ballots.

State Board of Elections director Gary Bartlett estimated Wednedsay there are about 40,000 provisional ballots, cast by voters whose eligibility to vote must be confirmed.

He said history suggests that about 65 percent of those ballots will be eligible and they are likely to break toward the winner in numbers similar to that of Election Day.

Unofficial election results show Obama with 12,106 votes more than Republican rival John McCain. Obama has already won the race to the White House, even without North Carolina's final results.

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  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Nov 5, 2008 at 06:46 PM
    We're a blue state this year, but by very slim margins. Hopefully, the political activism will continue in elections to come. "Anonymous", I know, but at least they made some progress over the decades.
  • by Dave Location: Winterville on Nov 5, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    Again, "Sad voter", you got it wrong. 52% of white voters VOTED on the content of Obama's character, DESPITE the color of his skin. THAT was King's dream, and it was realized last night.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2008 at 03:12 PM
    Blog, That is yet to be seen.
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Nov 5, 2008 at 02:33 PM
    Thanks Dave. Some people are just too slow at comprehending. "Anonymous", it does not matter that they didn't run against people of color. They ran against Republicans. Also, if they had run against Republican people of color, the truth is that most blacks still would have voted for Perdue, Dalton, and Hagan. Just to give you some information from African-American Voting 101, black Republicans are looked upon just as negatively as white Republicans. While I am sure that there are some good Republicans, most blacks still feel that they were betrayed by the Republican Party and that the said party still does not show any concerns about issues important to them. That's why blacks are loyal to the Democratic Party. The party may not wanted to end slavery at the appointed time, but when the time came for offering all people equal opportunities, the Democrats stood up to the challenge. What have the Republicans done? Nothing, but race-baited. :)
  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2008 at 11:37 AM
    They just want to count the actual votes, so they will know which way we "swung" for future reference.
  • by Hello.... wake up call Location: Greenville on Nov 5, 2008 at 11:01 AM
    Does the phrase "Day late and a dollar short" mean anything here?? Last time I checked Obama won, and NC is still counting????
  • by Dave Location: Winterville on Nov 5, 2008 at 10:28 AM
    To "Sad voter"-How do you explain 90% of blacks voting for Gore in 2000 and 88% of blacks voting for Kerry in 2004? African Americans are historically Dems, so naturally they would vote for the Democrat on the ticket. You sound more like a sore loser than a sad voter.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2008 at 10:20 AM
    Blog, Did bev perdue, walter dalton, or kay hagan run against one of color? No, therefore you lose credibility with your argument.
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Nov 5, 2008 at 05:07 AM
    Let me add that I do intend for Obama to serve two terms!!! So Hillary and Condi would have to battle it off in 2016!!
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Nov 5, 2008 at 05:05 AM
    "Sad voter", you may need to adjust your thoughts by looking at what percentage of blacks voted for Governor Bev Perdue, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, and U.S. Senator Kay Hagan. We always vote on the content of one's character. However, gladly, the American voters were not intimidated! Blacks been voting for Democrats in large numbers; what would change it this year? By the way, if Condoleeza Rice and Hillary Clinton were to run in 2012, I would vote for Hillary. Hahahahahaha. It's not about what they look like, it's about who they are.
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