North Carolina GOP director open to new election in disputed House race

North Carolina GOP director open to new election in disputed House race

It's been reported than an operative hired by Harris team had manipulated absentee ballots in the two counties, where most voters are African-Americans.

His Thursday announcement came amid allegations of absentee ballot tampering and other interference in Bladen and Robeson counties that appear to have helped Republican Mark Harris, who is ahead by just 905 votes in unofficial returns. Bladen also had a suspiciously high percentage of absentee ballots requested but not returned. Until then, the media hadn't focused too much on those possibilities, but that's precisely why ballot harvesting is illegal in North Carolina.

There is little chance as many voters who cast ballots on November 6 would vote if new elections are held, Stone said.

The board could decide to certify the election or call for a new one.

If the results are certified when the board meets December 21, the loser can contest the result within 30 days. A campaign lawyer said earlier this week that it wasn't aware of any illegal conduct in the 9th District race. The candidate, who lost, paid for Dowless' get-out-the-vote efforts and received 98 percent of the absentee ballot vote in the controversial Bladen County.

But Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the state GOP, has gone from claiming this was all a Democratic conspiracy to worrying over the mounting allegations and how they may hurt the party.

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His comments come as the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Wake County District Attorney's office and the state board of elections are investigating allegations that McCrae Dowless, who worked for Republican candidate Mark Harris' campaign, used absentee ballots to alter the vote in Bladen County.

Rep. Robert Pittenger's (R-NC) staff warned state and national Republican officials that his primary loss to Mark Harris may have been tainted by fraud way back in May, according to a new report from the Washington Post, but little was done to look into it.

"If they can show a substantial likelihood it could have changed the race then we fully would support a new election", he said in a statement, adding that Harris should be certified the victor if the ballots in question would not have changed the outcome.

Pelosi, who's nominated to become House speaker when Democrats take control in January, said that "any member-elect can object to the seating and the swearing-in of another member elect". If true, this would raise serious questions about what Republicans knew and why, if they knew anything, they failed to take action - especially since the party has claimed to be so ruthlessly obsessed with protecting the integrity of elections. Dan Bishop, a Charlotte Republican.

"It's expensive and logistically tough to have a new election in the 9th District", Steve Stone said. "This is against everything that we actively stand for", he said.

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