The show, or in this case the runoff election, must go on.
Wake County Board of Elections Director Cherie Poucher said state law requires them to continue with the runoff election in District 2 even though Cathy Truitt conceded the race today. She said all the precincts, including the ones where the runoff is the only thing on the ballot, have to be open on Nov. 3.
Poucher said the problem is that the runoff officially began Thursday when early voting started. She said holding the runoff will cost more than $30,000.
Truitt had requested the runoff on Oct. 7, the day after the election. But Truitt and Brad Crone, her campaign consultant, said they didn't realize until more recently that she couldn't win the runoff.
Crone said that the requirement that candidates request a runoff soon after the results are certified doesn't give campaigns enough time to speak with the supporters and groups they need to contact.
After the request was made, Crone said he had the time to look over the detailed election results and determine that Truitt couldn't win the runoff. He said no new polling was done.
"It was a mountain too high too climb," Crone said today.