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GOP Candidate's Consultant Linked To 2nd County In North Carolina Election Probe

GOP Candidate's Consultant Linked To 2nd County In North Carolina Election Probe

Woodhouse's comments are in tune with a growing chorus of officials on both sides of the aisle who suggest the only remedy to addressing the ballot issues in the race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready may be a fresh election. "I think we have to let the board of elections come show their hand if they can show that this conceivably could have flipped the race in that neighborhood, we will absolutely support a new election".

McCready conceded the race the day after the November 6 election and did not ask for the recount he was entitled to in such a close election.

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.

If the District 9 race is not certified by the state board, the leaders of the U.S. House can select either Harris or McCready to fill the seat, Stone said. Dowless's operation also appears to have targeted African-American voters, many of them elderly - a constituency that is typically hostile to Republican candidates. At that time, the GOP chair demanded a quick certification before the Democratic majority on the election board could "unscrupulously order a new election on a party line vote". Two Bladen County women said they worked for Dowless and went door to door asking voters to turn over their ballots, WSOC-TV in Charlotte has reported.

Amid the developments, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the House "retains the right to decide who is seated" and could take the "extraordinary step" of calling for a new election if the victor isn't clear.

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
State officials investigate potential election fraud in North Carolina; emergency hearing possible

At issue is who can handle completed ballots. A North Carolina woman on Tuesday admitted to illegally "harvesting" ballots for a contractor working for Harris' campaign.

"If somebody said something about the absentee ballots, it is just very possible that it didn't register with us", Woodhouse said. Why, for instance, did a lopsided share of absentee ballots that were counted favor Mr. Harris, while an overwhelming amount of ballots requested but never returned or counted came from areas likely to favor McCready? There's a real possibility that they will call for a new election.

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

She said "any member-elect can object to the seating and the swearing-in of another member elect".

'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. "He is a man of honor, and integrity, and we stand by him personally". "Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg), Tommy Tucker (R-Union), and Paul Newton (R-Cabarrus) today called on Governor Roy Cooper to establish an independent, bipartisan task force to investigate absentee ballot irregularities spanning multiple election cycles, including the 2016 gubernatorial election". That's a shift for Woodhouse, who previously dismissed such calls as a Democratic attempt to steal the election from Harris.

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