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raleigh, n.c.» A judge granted a small vic­tory to the state’s in­com­ing Demo­cratic gov­er­nor Fri­day, tem­po­rar­ily block­ing a law by Repub­li­can law­mak­ers strip­ping him of con­trol over elec­tions in a leg­isla­tive power play just weeks ago.

Wake County Su­pe­rior Court Judge Don Stephens blocked the new law, which would end the con­trol gover­nors ex­ert over statewide and county elec­tion boards, as Gov.-Elect Roy Cooper is set to take of­fice Sun­day.

Stephens ruled that the risk to fu­ture free and fair elec­tions jus­ti­fied the tem­po­rary block and said he plans to re­view the law more closely Thurs­day.

State Supreme Court Chief Jus­tice Mark Martin also could ap­point a three-judge panel to hear Cooper’s chal­lenge to the law’s con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity.

Cooper sued Fri­day to block the law, which passed two weeks ago.

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