Democrat McCready takes back concession in disputed 9th congressional district race

Democrat McCready takes back concession in disputed 9th congressional district race

Democrat McCready takes back concession in disputed 9th congressional district race

The board could order a new election.

The GOP's executive director made the statement Thursday, softening the organization's stance as allegations of absentee ballot fraud mount.

"Today I withdraw my concession and call on Mark Harris to end his silence and tell us exactly what he knew, and when, ' he said, turning up the heat on his Republican opponent, who leads in the vote tally". Harris, the Republican candidate, won more than 60 percent of the absentee vote.

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.

He is alleged in voter affidavits to have collected unfinished absentee ballots.

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The state elections board has said it would hold a hearing by December 21. The board is meeting later this month to hear evidence, but it's unclear whether the race will be settled then.

Democrat Dan McCready (left) and Republican Mark Harris are the candidates at the center of a contested race to represent North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. It's not about the one House seat, it's about the "integrity of elections", she said. The House Administration committee has "full investigative authority to determine the victor", she said.

Possible outcomes: According to Reuters, state officials could call for a new election, or the U.S. House of Representatives could rule on the outcome.

At issue is who can handle completed ballots.

"North Carolina doesn't allow ballot harvesting", he said. "They're very disturbing", Woodhouse said.

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The revelations and ensuing national news coverage have put pressure on Republicans and attracted attention from top Democrats.

Multiple sworn affidavits, interviews of ballot harvesters, and the freaky numbers for absentee election returns suggest that GOP candidate Mark Harris, with the help of local strategist Leslie McCrae Dowless, Jr., paid people to visit elderly black voters in Bladen and Robeson Counties, take their absentee ballots and deliver them to the campaign - and over 1,000 ballots may have been destroyed, more than the 905-vote margin by which Harris won the race.

Leading House Democrat Steny Hoyer on Tuesday said his party may not seat Harris if the election remains in question when Democrats take control of the lower chamber in January.

The Robeson County board staff member said she didn't think that surge was due to people working for Dowless. The Associated Press retracted its call for Harris last week and is treating the race as if it's proceeded to a recount.

A state election board spokesman confirmed Thursday that subpoenas seeking documents had been sent to the Harris campaign, the Red Dome Group, which worked for Harris, and the campaign committee of the sitting Bladen sheriff. 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. They said neither election boards, appointed by governors from both parties, nor prosecutors have adequately addressed recurring issues in Bladen.

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'If there are not enough votes to overturn the election, then we probably need to go ahead and certify, ' said Sen.

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