Trailing his opponent by over 10,000 votes nearly a month after Election Day, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory could be close to accepting defeat.
The Durham County Board of Elections is expected to hold a machine recount of 90,000 votes this week in the Democratic stronghold, which is possibly where the Republican governor's final hope of eking out a re-election victory will die, NBC News reported.
Democrat Roy Cooper, the state's attorney general, won Durham County by a wide margin of 79 percent to 20 percent, according to the State Board of Elections' official tally. After the county recount, if the results are unchanged, McCrory's campaign is on record saying it will abandon plans to pursue a statewide recount in the already drawn-out governor's race.
Asked how long the recount would take, Brian Francis, media liaison for the Durham County Board of Elections, couldn't give an exact estimate. "We don't know yet," he told NBC News.