It would probably have been cheaper to buy each candidate a fancy racecar and have them do 300 laps:
By mid-morning Tuesday, 10 people had voted in Tyrell County and 14 in Camden County. The largest precinct in Wake County, the seat of state government, had 23 voters. Tuesday’s runoff will cost N.C. taxpayers at least $6 million.
It cost a hell of a lot more than that; we could end up with Tea Party Tedesco superintending all the schools in the state. Here's more via our pals at NC Policywatch:
North Carolina has had several IRV elections, and three exit polls show voters overwhelmingly preferred it to returning to the polls for a runoff. Unfortunately, the state’s voting equipment currently requires “workarounds” that delay the count. Once North Carolina has optical scan equipment like others have, it would have an IRV tally to share on election night along with other results.
Methinks that $6 million would have been better spent upgrading our machines, especially considering the idiots in the General Assembly refused millions in Federal voting funds.