Updated: It remains unclear whether the race for lieutenant governor will be close enough to deserve a recount, but legal challenges related to the race are already taking form.
Linda Coleman, the Democratic candidate, who is locked in a tight race with Republican Dan Forest, announced on Thursday her campaign will file two lawsuits in Wake County.
“The state treats the same voter differently even though their situations are exactly the same,” Coleman said. “You can’t treat these people differently. That’s unconstitutional, and we believe their votes deserve to be counted.”
Hal Weatherman, Forest’s campaign manager, said Coleman is suing to change the rules “after the election is over to manipulate the outcome to her advantage.”