North Carolina's race for governor is far from over — and the race is getting hostile

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Two weeks after Election Day, North Carolina's governor race is still far from being settled — and the race is getting increasingly hostile.

Incumbent Pat McCrory, a Republican, is trailing Democrat Roy Cooper by about 6,600 votes out of 4.7 million cast, according to unofficial results, and the deficit is growing as provisional and absentee ballots are tallied.

The race was too close to call on Election Day, although that didn't stop Cooper from claiming victory.

Cooper hasn't backed down from the claim since then, and on Monday he announced the leaders of his transition team. He also debuted a website where people can submit resumes for leadership positions in his government.

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A pile of government pamphlets explaining North Carolina's controversial "Voter ID" law sits on table at a polling station as the law goes into effect for the state's presidential primary in Charlotte, North Carolina March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 15: North Carolina State University students head to their precinct to vote in the primaries at Pullen Community Center on March 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The university provided bus transportation throughout the day to the precinct. The North Carolina primaries is the state's first use of the voter ID law, which excludes student ID cards. Wake County was among the highest use of provisional ballots, where those voters had home addresses on or near campuses. The state's voter ID law is still being argued in federal court. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 15: A lone North Carolina State University student, right, votes in the primaries at the provisional ballot booth at Pullen Community Center on March 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina primaries is the state's first use of the voter ID law, which excludes student ID cards. Wake County was among the highest use of provisional ballots, where those voters had home addresses on or near campuses. The Board of Elections will review voter's reasonable impediment form submitted with their provisional ballots to determine if their vote counts. The state's voter ID law is still being argued in federal court. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 15: North Carolina State University students stand in line to receive their ballots at Pullen Community Center on March 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina primaries is the state's first use of the voter ID law, which excludes student ID cards. Wake County was among the highest use of provisional ballots, where those voters had home addresses on or near campuses. The state's voter ID law is still being argued in federal court. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 15: North Carolina State University students wait in line to vote in the primaries at Pullen Community Center on March 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina primaries is the state's first use of the voter ID law, which excludes student ID cards. Wake County was among the highest use of provisional ballots, where those voters had home addresses on or near campuses. The Board of Elections will review voter's reasonable impediment form submitted with their provisional ballots to determine if their vote counts. The state's voter ID law is still being argued in federal court. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images )
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 15: North Carolina State University students vote in the primaries at Pullen Community Center on March 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina primaries is the state's first use of the voter ID law, which excludes student ID cards. Wake County was among the highest use of provisional ballots, where those voters had home addresses on or near campuses. The state's voter ID law is still being argued in federal court. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images) *** Local Caption
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 15: North Carolina State University students vote in the primaries at Pullen Community Center on March 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina primaries is the state's first use of the voter ID law, which excludes student ID cards. Wake County was among the highest use of provisional ballots, where those voters had home addresses on or near campuses. The state's voter ID law is still being argued in federal court. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 15: North Carolina State University senior Jonathan Powell reviews sample ballots before voting in the primaries at Pullen Community Center on March 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina primaries is the state's first use of the voter ID law, which excludes student ID cards. Wake County was among the highest use of provisional ballots, where those voters had home addresses on or near campuses. The Board of Elections will review voter's reasonable impediment form submitted with their provisional ballots to determine if their vote counts. The state's voter ID law is still being argued in federal court. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
A worker carries a sign that will be displayed at a polling place that will inform voters of the new voter ID law that goes into effect in 2016 at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Am election worker checks a voter's drivers license as North Carolina's controversial "Voter ID" law goes into effect for the state's presidential primary election at a polling place in Charlotte, North Carolina March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
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"It's 40 days until I take the oath of office," Cooper said in a news release. "It would be irresponsible to wait any longer to tackle the issues we campaigned on across the state."

But McCrory hasn't given up — his team lodged ballot challenges in 50 of North Carolina's 100 counties, in some cases alleging votes were fraudulently cast by dead people and convicted felons. But some of the challenges were thrown out because of a lack of evidence.

"Why is Roy Cooper so insistent on circumventing the electoral process and counting the votes of dead people and felons?" McCrory spokesman Ricky Diaz said in a statement on Monday. "It may be because he needs those fraudulent votes to count in order to win. Instead of insulting North Carolina voters, we intend to let the process work as it should to ensure that every legal vote is counted properly."

While some incidents of voter fraud may exist, there is no proof of an extensive problem that could swing the election McCrory's way, Ferrel Guillory, founder of the Program on Public Life at the University of North Carolina, told Business Insider.

"The evidence of fraud is in the tens of cases, not in the thousands of cases," Guillory said. "It's hard to see from the evidence on the table that there is a major problem with the conduct of the election."

McCrory can call for a statewide recount if his final deficit is within 10,000 votes of Cooper.

Even if he loses, there's still a bizarre way McCrory could keep his job. North Carolina law allows the state legislature to step in and make the final call on "contested elections" — essentially allowing lawmakers to decide which candidate got the most votes.

Whether McCrory can prove enough voter fraud to reach that point — and whether the Republican-controlled legislature would actually flip the election McCrory's way — has been a topic of speculation in the Tar Heel State, but for now the possibility is safely in the distance.

"I t would really be a blow to the system for the legislature to decide this one," Guillory told Business Insider. "T he chances are relatively slim, as they ought to be."

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