House Democrat seeks emergency hearing on North Carolina election

GOP hit with election fraud claims after utilizing situation as rallying cry

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. "But it is not likely that would happen", Dallas Woodhouse, North Carolina Republican Party executive director, wrote in an email.

"Today, I withdraw my concession to Mark Harris", McCready said in a tweet on Thursday.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says the chamber could take the "extraordinary step" of calling for a new election in a North Carolina congressional district if the victor is unclear amid allegations of voter fraud. It also didn't certify the results of the Bladen County Commissioner District 3 and in Robeson County the District Court 16B Seat 2 race between Republican Jack Moody and Democrat Vanessa Burton. In Bladen County, Dowless employees told local television station WSOC and BuzzFeed News that they collected absentee ballots from people and gave them to Dowless, which violates state law. Last night, Griffin reported that the ballot harvesting allegedly conducted by Dowless may have also involved the destruction of more than a thousand ballots. The candidate, who lost, paid for Dowless' get-out-the-vote efforts and received 98 percent of the absentee ballot vote in the controversial Bladen County.

The controversy raised the possibility that the state's Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement could call for a new election. The board is meeting later this month to hear evidence, but it's unclear whether the race will be settled then.

The race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready initially ended with Harris leading by 905 votes, but the North Carolina State Board of Elections has refused to certify it over irregularities with absentee mail-in ballots.

Top N.C. Republican officials said Thursday they could support a new election in the 9th congressional district only if the board uncovers "an overwhelming amount of evidence" that fraud changed the outcome of the vote or that "there is a substantial likelihood that it could have been (changed)". She also noted the investigative power of the House to determine race winners.

Colbert described the fraud allegations like this: volunteers for the Republican went door to door collecting the absentee ballots (which would already be illegal in North Carolina).

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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. Since 2012, when Republicans consolidated control over the legislature and governor's mansion, "what we've seen is some of the most comprehensive voting restrictions in the country", said Tomas Lopez, head of Democracy North Carolina, a voter-access organization.

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

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

Dan McCready, the Democrat running for Congress in the disputed 9th District, has renounced his concession. The board could ultimately order another election.

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

"If somebody said something about the absentee ballots, it is just very possible that it didn't register with us", Woodhouse said.

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