North Carolina Democrat Drops Concession Amid Probe

North Carolina Democrat Drops Concession Amid Probe

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.

"I didn't serve overseas in the Marines just to come home to N.C. and watch a criminal, bankrolled by my opponent, take away people's very right to vote", McCready said. McCready, however, withdrew his concession to Harris on Thursday amid the ongoing investigation.

Three Republican state senators, who represent parts of North Carolina's ninth district, asked North Carolina Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday to create a bipartisan task force to investigate claims that a contractor working for Harris illegally urged people to collect absentee ballots. Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by about 900 votes, but results are not certified.

Dowless allegedly helped orchestrate a scheme to tamper with absentee ballots in Harris' favor. The board is meeting later this month to hear evidence, but it's unclear whether the race will be settled then.

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.

It's "bigger than that one seat", she said, but about the "integrity of elections".

"The House Administration Committee will have full investigative authority to determine the victor of the election", Pelosi added.

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McCready conceded the race the day after the midterms after not asking for the recount he was entitled to because the margin was so small. He has been under scrutiny by state officials since 2016, when allegations surfaced about illegal ballot harvesting in that year's campaigns, leading to a public hearing.

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.

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However, he said that if the investigation shows that the outcome would not have been changed, Republican candidate Harris should be certified the victor.

Pittenger's concern stemmed from the vote tallies in rural Bladen County, North Carolina, where his challenger, a pastor from the Charlotte suburbs named Mark Harris, had won 437 absentee mail-in votes.

Dowless worked for Red Dome Group, a GOP political consulting firm that Harris paid more than $400,000. 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".

"All Republicans across the state are horrified by this".

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