McCrory campaign creating legal expense fund for count

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign is creating a special fund for legal expenses associated with keeping tabs on counting the results of the Republican’s close election in which he’s currently trailing.

McCrory’s committee said it was filing paperwork Thursday at the State Board of Elections for the fund, which can receive unlimited amounts from individuals and $4,000 from corporations and PACs.

Democratic challenger Roy Cooper leads McCrory by almost 5,000 votes from 4.7 million ballots cast. The state board says there are at least 50,000 provisional ballots, as well as absentee ballots not yet counted. Counties will finalize totals late next week.

Both campaigns also unveiled Thursday their attorneys for the postelection count. Cooper’s lawyers include Marc Elias, who’s been general counsel to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

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