Democratic candidate and Attorney General Roy Cooper holds an edge of fewer than 5,000 votes over incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory. However, more than 50,000 provisional ballots are to be counted before the Friday deadline.
Registered voters can cast provisional ballots in North Carolina if registration or identification difficulties prevent them from voting on or before election day.
Cooper said in a statement he is confident the election outcome will not change.
“This has been an extremely hard fought race, but the people of North Carolina have spoken and they have chosen a change in leadership,” he said.
Chris LaCivita, a campaign strategist for McCrory, said in a statement declaring the outcome before all ballots were counted was irresponsible.
McCrory said in his election night speech his campaign would make sure the election results were fair.
“We’re going to make sure every vote counts in North Carolina,” he said.
The N.C. State Board of Elections will accept absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Monday, and each precinct will have until Friday morning to verify and count all provisional ballots, according to a press release from State Board of Elections spokesperson Patrick Gannon.