Bill Cook wins Senate District 1 vis-a-vis concession by Stan White
December 03, 2012
Bob Pruett, the Third Congressional District GOP Chairman, let out an email late Monday afternoon relaying an article in the Elizabeth City Daily Advance that Stan White has conceded to race for Senate District 1 to Bill Cook. The Daily Advance reports, according to Pruett:
State Sen. Stan White has conceded the 1st District state Senate election to Republican challenger Bill Cook after a limited hand-to-eye recount showed no change in Cook's 21-vote lead.
"I've gone as far as I want to go. I mean, there's certainly always some other avenues, but everybody has been put through enough at this point in time," White said today. "And so, as far I'm as concerned, the race is over and Mr. Cook has won and I wish him the best."
There was no immediate reaction from Cook, a state representative from Beaufort County.
White led Cook by 388 votes on Election Night, but the canvass of the vote on Nov. 16 showed Cook had taken the lead by 80 votes. After additional canvassing a day later, Cook's lead had fallen to 32 votes.
A machine recount of ballots in the eight counties of the 1st Senate District — requested by White and held Nov. 26 — reduced Cook's lead to 21 votes. But limited hand-to-eye recounts, also requested by White, of votes from one randomly drawn precinct in each of the eight counties showed no change in Cook's lead.
Pasquotank held its limited hand-to-eye recount on Friday. Six other counties held their recounts on Monday. Perquimans will hold is recount on Tuesday
Charles Hickman, Chairman of the Beaufort County Republican Party said: "Republicans in Beaufort County are delighted to hear that the long uncertainty over our Senate seat has now apparently ended with the concession of Stan White. This insures that Beaufort County, and the other seven counties in the district, will have an effective majority party senator in the General Assembly. I think that is extremely critical for Beaufort County and the First District. Republicans control both houses of the Legislature and the Governor's Office and having representation in the majority party will be important for our region. The reality of our system is that minority party members have little or no real power in Raleigh and having Bill represent us along with Mike Speciale will bode well for Beaufort County."