Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

North Carolina Democrat suddenly WITHDRAWS his concession

North Carolina Democrat suddenly WITHDRAWS his concession

Harris, a Baptist minister who ousted Rep. Robert Pittenger in a Republican primary this year, leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes.

McCready's move comes after the head of the state Republican Party said he would support a new election in the state's unresolved congressional race if an investigation shows that wrongdoing swayed its outcome.

A state election board spokesman confirmed Thursday that subpoenas seeking documents had been sent to the Harris campaign, the firm serving as Harris' chief strategist and the campaign committee of the sitting Bladen sheriff.

He recalled concluding that Harris had won the overall vote with a strong showing from evangelical voters, but he said: "We did not look real specifically at absentee ballots".

Republican Mark Harris defeated a three-term incumbent in the primary and leads Democrat Dan Mc Cready by 905 votes in Bladen County N.C. The nation's last unresolved congressional race is in doubt amid voter fraud probes

In recent days, amid mounting allegations of a ballot-harvesting operation, state Republicans have shifted their rhetoric.

As the investigation deepens into election fraud in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, the story has been getting national attention.

Dallas Woodhouse, the state party's executive director, initially said he hadn't been alerted to the potential of absentee fraud by a Harris-hired consultant, Leslie McCrae Dowless, before admitting that he may have just shrugged them off in the heat of the campaign fight.

Specifically there are allegations in Bladen County that absentee ballots were illegally stacked in favor of Harris.

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Multiple voters said in interviews that they handed over their ballots - some of which were not fully filled out and were left unsealed - to people who showed up at their doors and offered to collect them.

In a filing made late Thursday night to the Federal Election Commission, the campaign of Republican Mark Harris of North Carolina, which has come under fire for possible absentee ballot fraud in the 2018 elections, listed a debt of $34,310 to an outside GOP consulting group which was tasked with absentee ballot work in Bladen County, the epicenter of fraud allegations in the race for North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District. The House Administration committee has "full investigative authority to determine the victor", she said. "They're very disturbing", Woodhouse said.

"The House still retains the right to decide who is seated".

The Robeson County board staff member said she didn't think that surge was due to people working for Dowless. For almost the past decade, Dowless has been hired by state and local candidates to "get out the vote", and his past efforts have also been marked with absentee mail-in ballot irregularities.

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'What we cannot have going forward from this point is an investigative and enforcement effort or process that has a partisan taint that could dramatically worsen the situation, ' said Sen. Dan Bishop said at a press conference with fellow Republicans, according to WRAL-TV in Raleigh.

The state could order a new election. "He is a man of honor, and integrity, and we stand by him personally".

"We are not ready to call for a new election yet", Woodhouse added. Tommy Tucker of Union County.

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