It will be Thursday before a winner is decided in the Democratic Primary for the North Carolina House District 28 race.
After the polls closed on March 15th, Patricia Oliver of Selma held a slim 47-vote lead over Jimmie M. Massengill of Four Oaks, 3014 to 2967. The outcome of the race hinges on 786 provisional ballots cast.
Board of Elections Director Leigh Anne Price says officials have not determined how many of those ballots were cast in precincts represented by District 28.
The Elections Board was scheduled to certify the ballots on Monday at 5:00 PM but the meeting was cancelled after one of the 3 board members called in sick and was unable to attend. As a result, Tuesday’s meeting to officially approve the vote totals was postponed. The Board of Elections will meeting on Thursday at 4:00 PM to certify the provisional ballots and officially approve the March 15th vote totals for all races.
Oliver and Massengill will be closing watching Thursday’s count as their race is the only one where the outcome hinges on the provisional ballots.