The Trump train that carried Republicans to victory all over the South may have left one car behind in North Carolina—Gov. Pat McCrory, who trailed by a few thousand votes Thursday in a still too-close-to-call race that played out amid anger over the state's transgender bathroom law. The law limiting LGBT rights appeared to have a substantial role in the Election Day contest between McCrory, who signed the measure and vigorously defended it against boycotts and other protests, and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who called for its repeal, the AP reports.
McCrory, who in 2012 won the governorship by 500,000 votes in a blowout the same year President Obama was re-elected, is losing by 5,000 votes out of nearly 4.7 million cast. But McCrory could still win: There are tens of thousands of provisional ballots that have to be examined to determine whether they're valid and can be added to the vote tallies. Counties don't have to submit their final results until Nov. 18. In other closely watched gubernatorial races, Republicans won in Vermont, Missouri, Indiana, and New Hampshire, while Democrats prevailed in West Virginia, Montana, Delaware, and Oregon. (Read more North Carolina stories.)