North Carolina GOP leader says he's "horrified" by allegations of election fraud

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 7, 2018

The unofficial tally of results had Harris winning the race in southeastern North Carolina by a little over 900 votes.

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. One log showed Boyd dropped off only four absentee ballots during the election and that they were from herself, her husband and her husband's parents.

"I didn't serve overseas in the Marines to come home to NC and watch a criminal, bankrolled by my opponent, take away people's very right to vote", McCready tweeted.

"I call on Mark Harris to tell us exactly what he knew and when he knew it", McCready said. Hours later, the Washington Post reported that Robert Pittenger, the Republican incumbent Harris defeated in May, had noticed irregularities in the primary results and notified GOP officials at the time.

Dowless earned more than $23,000 working on six campaigns dating back to 2010, and in most of those races, Dowless' candidates received a disproportionately higher percentage of absentee votes in Bladen County. State officials plan a hearing by December 21. The board is meeting later this month to hear evidence, but it's unclear whether the race will be settled then.

In North Carolina's 9th District, an alleged election tampering scheme casted doubt on the results of November's election. The board also got a rash of calls from residents who said that canvassers told them their voter registration had been canceled, Stone said, and he alerted the North Carolina State Board of Elections of the irregularities this summer.

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. But among those who filed discredited complaints to support McCrory was Leslie McCrae Dowless, the man now at the center of a ballot-fraud scandal under investigation by state election and law enforcement officials.

At issue is who can handle completed ballots. Until then, the media hadn't focused too much on those possibilities, but that's precisely why ballot harvesting is illegal in North Carolina.

The revelations and ensuing national news coverage have put pressure on Republicans and attracted attention from top Democrats.

Harris lost the absentee vote to Democrat Dan McCready in every county in the district except for Bladen, where Harris won more than 60 percent of the absentee ballots, The News & Observer has reported.

"Any member-elect can object to the seating, the swearing in, of another member-elect and we will see how that goes", she said.

Bishop and other Republican senators called on Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to work with the legislature to create a new task force to look into the Harris-McCready race, as well as allegations of fraud they believe might have helped Cooper defeat McCrory in 2016.

Subpoenas have been issued for Harris's campaign, Red Dome (the political consulting firm Dowless has worked under), and the campaign of County Sheriff Jim McVicker, who also has paid for Dowless's services.

"No comment, no disrespect to you", Dowless said, before hanging up.

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