COOPER HQ 7:30 p.m.
RALEIGH — The following is a live blog of the gubernatorial race between incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic challenger Roy Cooper. Several polls show the race in a statistical tie with a slight edge favoring Cooper.
A staffer has informed us that Cooper is watching the results from his home with his family. He is expected to deliver a victory or concession speech here at the Marriott City Center once the results are revealed.
North Carolina polling sites close at 7:30 p.m., but the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) voted to extend hours in eight Durham County precincts. Time extensions range from 20 minutes to 60 minutes. Durham is one of. the most heavily populated counties in the state, so this could give Democrats an extra edge.
MCCRORY HQ 7:30 p.m.
RALEIGH — We have been informed that Gov. McCrory will be watching results roll in here at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley in a private room with his family before joining supporters downstairs later in the evening.
In the ballroom, a crowd of reporters has assembled to watch the outcome of this critical gubernatorial race unfold. McCrory supporters have begun to trickle in.
It is unclear how the extended polling hours in Durham County will affect McCrory's plans for the night, what representatives are calling his "re-election celebration."
MCCRORY HQ 9:00 p.m.
RALEIGH — The atmosphere continues to be "joyful" here at Gov. McCrory's election night headquarters. Almost 50 percent of state precincts are reporting but the race is "still too close to call" and no one has any idea as to when this might change.
Gov. McCrory has not yet made an appearance
Fox News is being projected on two large screens. A cheer goes up from the gathered supporters each time a state is awarded to Donald Trump.