Democrat Dan McCready Withdraws Concession Amid Election Fraud Allegations

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when asked Thursday about allegations of election fraud in North Carolina's 9th District, said deciding whom is seated is up to the House itself, not an outside authority or state election board.

McCready's announcement comes as North Carolina election officials continue to investigate potential allegations of electoral fraud and other voting issues related to absentee ballots.

The elections board has subpoenaed documents from the Harris campaign, a campaign attorney confirmed Tuesday. 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.

Earlier Thursday, North Carolina Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse told CNN he would support a new election if the elections board proves allegations of fraud are true and impacted the outcome of the race.

The congressman turned to a group of friends and family who had gathered with him on election night at a steakhouse near Charlotte, North Carolina, and blamed the "ballot stuffers in Bladen", according to three people at the gathering.

Whether it's one election or multiple elections, the cost is going to be as much as $50,000 or more for Robeson County, he said. "North Carolina has a long history of this kind of thing, particularly in rural areas".

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"It's expensive and logistically tough to have a new election in the 9th District", Steve Stone said.

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.

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

But the board voted unanimously to delay the results of the 9th District, which comprises all or parts of eight counties in the south-central part of the state, and provided few details why. A new election may well be the only way for the GOP to save this seat ... if that's possible after this debacle, even in a district with an R+8 Cook index.

"The House has, as you know, the authority over the propriety of the election", Hoyer said. 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.

But the board peppered Dowless with questions about his own absentee ballot activities.

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Bitzer also noted that Bladen and Robeson counties had unusually high percentages of requested absentee ballots that were never returned. "I'm just not giving any comment at this time", he told reporters and photographers in front of his house in Bladenboro, adding, "No disrespect to anybody".

State investigators can order a new election if "irregularities or improprieties occurred to such an extent that they taint the results of the entire election and cast doubt on its fairness".

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

"We are not ready to call for a new election yet", Woodhouse said.

Republican leaders say Harris, a Southern Baptist minister, should be certified the victor, saying no evidence has been made public that show he didn't get the most lawful votes. He has been named Harris' incoming chief of staff, although whether Harris will be seated in Congress in January remains uncertain.

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