NC Tallies Provisionals: Ballots Don't Alter Race

Provisional ballots are doing little to change the final margin of North Carolina's presidential race.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain gained 310 extra votes as counties tallied some 17,500 provisional ballots Friday. But he still trails President-elect Barack Obama by some 12,804 votes.

There are still about three dozen counties who haven't reported results. Friday was the day counties were to canvass their provisional ballots and provide numbers to the State Board of Elections.

The Associated Press declared Obama the winner last week after determining there weren't enough provisional ballots to change the outcome. Obama did not need North Carolina's 15 electoral votes to
win the White House.


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