Democrat withdraws concession in scandalous North Carolina race

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

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. Harris, a Southern Baptist minister who had defeated U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., in the GOP primary, carried Union and Bladen counties. North Carolina Republicans argued that hundreds of ballots submitted in Dowless's race for the Soil and Water Conservation board seat bore similar handwriting, and thus the results were suspect, even though Dowless won his race for reelection, The New Yorker reported.

Jamie Bowers, a spokesman for outgoing District 9 incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger, said he isn't sure if House leaders can chose a victor in the case of an uncertified race.

Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by about 900 votes, according to unofficial results in the 9th District.

Of the 1,300 or so absentee ballot requests Bladen County received, Dowless turned in nearly half of those on behalf of voters. North Carolina law allows only a family member or legal guardian to drop off absentee ballots for a voter.

"I'm not saying that can't happen, but there is a very high probability that it did not", Bitzer told Reuters by phone, noting the absentee vote in the rest of the district favored McCready.

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Pelosi said Thursday the House "retains the right to decide who is seated". The state Republican Party's executive director told Griffin that he vomited after watching the news reports about potential election fraud in two key counties involving a paid GOP operative and illegal "ballot harvesting".

Democratic leaders questioned their motives. "This is about undermining the integrity of our elections". The president raised the specter of fraud again this year, suggesting without evidence that people had donned disguises to vote a couple of times in midterm elections.

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

In Washington, the likely incoming Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, hinted at the possibility that Harris' eligibility to serve in Congress would be questioned. But of the voters who turned in the absentee ballots, only 19 percent were registered Republicans.

In affidavits offered by the state Democratic Party, some Bladen County voters have described that people came to their homes to collect their absentee ballots, whether or not they had been fully completed or sealed in an envelope to keep them from being altered.

'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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