Pitt County state lawmaker not conceding after Election Day results

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina lawmaker says he is not conceding his race after Election Day results showed he lost to his challenger.

Unofficial results from Tuesday showed that incumbent District 9 Rep. Brian Farkas, a Democrat, lost to Timothy Reeder, a Republican, by a fine margin. There was only a 462 vote difference between the two candidates.

Farkas said in a statement released on Wednesday, “I am not conceding because there is a significant number of both mail-in and provisional ballots that need to be counted.”

Farkas is a first-term lawmaker raised in Pitt County, the only county that District 9 covers.

His full statement can be seen below:

Pitt County Elections Director Dave Davis says right now there are 203 absentee ballots that were postmarked with Tuesday’s date. Absentee ballots that are postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 8th, and received by Monday, Nov. 14th, can be counted.

There are also 768 provisional ballots. Davis says these are called supplemental absentee ballots.

“The supplemental absentees and approved provisionals will be counted on Friday, November 18 at Canvass and added to the existing totals to reach the official results,” Davis says.

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