A Craven County commissioner candidate is seeking a recount of election results from Tuesday night.

Rufus Carter Jr. has asked the Craven County Board of Elections for a recount of the Democratic District 5 primary in which he lost to incumbent Theron McCabe by eight votes.

Candidates are allowed to seek a recount if the margin of victory in the race is 1 percent or less. McCabe drew 50.70 percent of the total votes in the race to Carter's 49.30 percent. The exact margin was 288 votes to 280.

"I'm hopeful there will be a change in my favor with the recount," said Carter.

According to Meloni Wray, director of the Craven County Board of Elections, the recount would normally be the Monday following the election. Since provisional ballots have yet to be counted, however, Wray said she was seeking direction from the state Board of Elections on how to proceed.

Though several Craven County primary races came down to the wire Tuesday night, none were close enough to qualify for a second primary, Wray said.

She said that to meet the criteria for a second primary election, a candidate must win by less than 30 percent of the combined vote in the race. Though both the Democratic primaries for Craven County Sheriff and District 5 county commissioner were unusually tight, with both decided by less than 100 votes, both winning candidates met the 30 percent threshold.

In the commissioners race, with a combined 568 votes, the winner needed just 172 or more votes to avoid a second primary. McCabe's 288 topped that number.

In Tuesday night’s other nail-biter, Sheriff Jerry Monette, with 2,451 votes, fended off his Democratic challengers Eric Smith, who finished with 2,378 votes, and John Gillyard, who brought in 228 ballots. With Monette finishing with greater than 1,518 votes, he surpassed the 30 percent threshold from a total of 5,057 ballots cast in the sheriff’s race to avoid a second primary election.

The Board of Elections makes provisions for second primary elections in the event that there is no clear party nominee in certain contests, with this year’s dates falling on June 26 (if no contest for federal office in the state requires a second primary), or July 17 (if one or more contests for federal office in the state requires a second primary).

Wray said she had not yet been notified if any state races for local districts would qualify for a second primary.

“We’re responsible for the local races, so any word on that would come from the state,” said Wray.

Wray said she could not recall another local primary election with races as close as Tuesday.

“I have been here since September 2013. We did not have a second primary in 2014. The primary results were not close," she said.

The canvass of votes in which the vote becomes official is scheduled for May 18.