>> It's been more than a week, and voters in North Carolina have no idea who their next governor is. After an extremely tight race, incumbent governor Pat McCrory refusing to concede to Democratic rival Roy Cooper, who at last tally was in the lead by 5200 votes. Instead, the Republican is alleging voter fraud, saying ballots were cast by dead people, felons, and people voting twice, claims likely to keep the election outcome in limbo for weeks.
Reuters Reporter Colleen Jenkins has been covering the ongoing battle.>> Registered voters in dozens of counties have filed protests over votes they say should be voided due to some sort of fraud. On Friday, several elections boards led by Republicans threw out the complaints as unfounded. In Durham County, where Republicans have called into question some 90,000 votes, the Republican-led board there said that they would not perform a recount as requested by Republicans.
>> That's dragged out the kind of name calling and back biting that usually ends on Election Day, and escalating already inflamed racial tensions over voter ID laws.>> The lingering uncertainty about the outcome of this election has prompted a flurry of attacks between the two campaigns. Governor McCrory's campaign accuses Roy Cooper of being lax on voter fraud while he's been the state's attorney general.
Cooper, for his part, says that the McCrory campaign is making desperate and dishonest attempts to undermine the results of the election.>> If McCrory is defeated, he will be the only sitting Republican governor to get the boot this election cycle. McCrory led the way in the state's controversial passage of the bathroom law, which limits transgender individuals from using bathrooms that match with their gender identities.