WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a bill signing ceremony for H.R. 748, the CARES Act in the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Earlier on Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the $2 trillion stimulus bill that lawmakers hope will battle the the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)

I am disappointed in the state of NC.  CBS News has projected President Donald Trump as the winner of North Carolina’s electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.

The current CBS News electoral vote estimate is Joe Biden 306 and Donald Trump 232. Biden has already been projected as the winner of the presidential election by all major news outlets.

Trump currently has 2,754,218 votes in the state while Biden has 2,680,598 votes, representing a lead of more than 70,000 votes for Trump in North Carolina.

The fight for votes in North Carolina was extended for more than a week, as outstanding ballots were being counted. Trump prematurely claimed that he won the state on election night.

Last week, the North Carolina Board of Elections officials held a press conference regarding the post-election process and said they did not have votes yet for about 117,000 people who requested absentee-by-mail ballots. That number went down to about 99,000 outstanding absentee ballots. This number shrank after officials removed all people who requested a ballot but voted early in-person.

The number of these ballots ultimately returned will be less than 99,000 because some voters cast their ballot in person on Election Day and others likely did not vote at all.

Approved ballots will be added to the unofficial results on the State Board of Elections website after the meetings.

Karen Brinson Bell says NCSBE will continue to update the number of outstanding absentee ballots in a process that may take some time. The State Board will not know how many voters with outstanding absentee ballots voted on Election Day until the county boards of elections complete their regular post-election tasks during the canvass period.

County boards will complete their processes and canvass the election on Nov. 3. The State Board will meet on Nov. 24 to complete its canvass.

County boards of elections could not meet sooner to count additional ballots because state law requires them to schedule post-election absentee board meetings at least two weeks before Election Day. The meeting schedule must be published once a week for two weeks in a newspaper. The law does not permit a county board to modify the meeting schedule after the election.

If valid ballots come in from now through Nov. 12 with problems that cannot be cured, officials say the ballot will be rejected and the voter cannot submit a new ballot.

Officials say they’re watching to see that those ballots were mailed back and were properly postmarked. According to NCSBE, over 74 percent of registered voters turned out for this election.

“We did break a record with one-stop early voting this election,” election officials said.“Nearly 5.5 million ballots were cast and counted,” election officials said. “All eligible ballots have already left the voters’ hands.