With all provisional and absentee ballots counted and certified in the state's 2nd Congressional district, incumbent Democratic Rep. Bob Etheridge still trails his Republican challenger Renee Ellmers by 1,489 votes.
But the margin between the candidates is less than the 1 percent threshold required for a candidate to request a recount.
Etheridge was about 1,650 votes behind before Friday's canvass in the districts 10 counties was complete. Historically, recounts in the state have rarely changed the election results, especially when the margin is as wide as that facing Etheridge.
Etheridge issued a statement affirming that he wants the ballots counted again.
“Throughout my career in public service – from the military to serving in Congress– I’ve known there is nothing more important than preserving the sacred right to vote and that is why North Carolina should go forward with the process lawmakers designed to ensure accuracy and integrity when the margin is less than 1 percent,” Etheridge said, according to the statement.
“Unless voters are assured that the results of the election are accurate then they’ll never be sure that the people’s voice was heard or that the result is valid. As more votes were counted over the last week, it became increasingly clear that this race is too close to call and a recount is warranted.”
Johnnie McLean, the deputy director of the State Board of Elections, planning for a recount will start on Monday. There was no immediate estimate of how much the recount will cost.
UPDATED to include Etheridge's statement.