N.C. GOP Leader Open To New Election As Fraud Investigation Continues

Lawrence Kim
December 7, 2018

Drew Griffin also reported that Woodhouse will support holding an entirely new election if it turns out that the allegations of election fraud are in fact true.

The GOP's executive director made the statement Thursday, softening the organization's stance as allegations of absentee ballot fraud mount. "And I call on Mark Harris to tell us exactly what he knew and when he knew it".

Unofficial ballot totals showed Harris ahead of McCready by 905 votes in District 9.

Of the 1,300 or so absentee ballot requests Bladen County received, Dowless turned in nearly half of those on behalf of voters.

Moody led after Election Day, but Burton wiped out his lead after absentees and provisional ballots were counted.

The state elections board has twice declined to certify Harris' victory and plans to hold an evidentiary hearing in the case this month.

The allegations of election fraud in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District are now supported by a devastating amount of evidence.

"This is bigger than that one seat", Pelosi said.

Pelosi said such a decision would be preceded by a House Administration Committee investigation.

"If the board of elections determines there's a substantial likelihood the outcome could have been changed, then the law requires a new election", he said.

There are also claims that incomplete ballots were collected and then filled out later, Cohen said. Multiple people have admitted to WSOC's Joe Bruno that they were paid to serve as witnesses to and collect absentee mail-in ballots, which is illegal.

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

Mark Harris, the Republican candidate who beat Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes, paid Red Dome Group $428,911 for campaign consulting and services, the second-most he spent on an individual consultant, through September 30.

"The House still retains the right to decide who is seated", Mrs. Pelosi told reporters Thursday.

"Any member-elect can object to the seating, the swearing in, of another member-elect and we will see how that goes", she said.

Attention pivoted to a turnout operation run by Dowless, who was working for Red Dome Group, a company hired by the Harris campaign.

The 9th congressional district has been represented by a Republican in Washington for more than five decades.

They point to unusual outcomes in the mail-in ballot totals in previous elections that appeared to benefit Democrats or Republicans, depending on the race and the year. They said neither election boards, appointed by governors from both parties, nor prosecutors have adequately addressed recurring issues in Bladen. Dan Bishop said at a press conference with fellow Republicans, according to WRAL-TV in Raleigh.

Robeson County saw a surge in requests for absentee ballots this summer, which was unusually early, Steve Stone, chairman of the county board of elections, said in an interview Thursday. "He is a man of honor, and integrity, and we stand by him personally". Tommy Tucker of Union County.

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