Dan McCready's reversal came as a top leader at the state's Republican Party said it would support a new election in the unresolved 9th Congressional District race if an investigation shows that wrongdoing swayed its outcome. His highest-paid consultant was OnMessage, Inc.at $835,426.
"There must be an investigation into the years of alleged absentee ballot fraud in Bladen County that is prompt, thorough, transparent and nonpartisan", Republican state Sen.
An analysis by Michael Bitzer, a politics and history professor at Catawba College in North Carolina, found Harris won 61 percent of these votes, even though registered Republicans cast only 19 percent of the absentee ballots. She indicated she helped 52 of them fill out their ballots.
But the state elections board refused to certify the results last week because of allegations of "irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities" involving mail-in ballots in the district.
The unofficial tally of results had Harris winning the race in southeastern North Carolina by a little over 900 votes.
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They point to unusual outcomes in the mail-in ballot totals in previous elections that appeared to benefit Democrats or Republicans, depending on the race and the year.
The Democrat trailing in a North Carolina congressional race withdrew his concession Thursday as state election officials investigated allegations of absentee ballot fraud.
Pelosi said Thursday the House "retains the right to decide who is seated". The House Administration committee has "full investigative authority to determine the victor", she said. According to a new report by the Washington Post, the state Republican Party may have had advance warning this was going on, following a complaint by GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger after he unexpectedly lost his primary, and they did nothing.
Republican Mark Harris still hopes that the 116th Congress will seat him as the fairly elected representative for North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District.
She said "any member-elect can object to the seating and the swearing-in of another member elect".
It was close, but North Carolina Republican Mark Harris was jubilant on election night. Dan Bishop of Charlotte said at a news conference at the Legislative Building. "But there's no way Mr. Harris knew", said Woodhouse. 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. 'If we find the irregularities and the vote count being where it is, then (a new election) certainly is an option'.