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OffbeatNorth Carolina Republican says he hired consultant at heart of fraud probe

05:55  15 december  2018
05:55  15 december  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Congress hearing sought on potential fraud in NC House race

Congress hearing sought on potential fraud in NC House race A House Democrat is seeking an emergency hearing Wednesday as investigators in North Carolina probe allegations of election fraud in a congressional race there. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, a Democratic member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a statement that "real election fraud is playing out right before us" in North Carolina's 9th District.

The North Carolina Republican embroiled in a vote fraud controversy said on Friday he hired the political operative at the center of a probe into possible absentee ballot North Carolina ’s board of election has refused to certify Republican candidate Mark Harris as the winner of the Nov.

(Reuters) - The North Carolina Republican embroiled in a vote fraud controversy said on Friday he hired the political operative at the center of a probe into In an interview with local TV channel WBTV, Harris said he hired Dowless with the hope he could get an edge in the election by having the

North Carolina Republican says he hired consultant at heart of fraud probe© Reuters/Davis Turner FILE PHOTO: Harris attends a debate between the four top-polling Republican candidates in North Carolina for the U.S. Senate, at Davidson College in Davidson

(Reuters) - The North Carolina Republican embroiled in a vote fraud controversy said on Friday he hired the political operative at the center of a probe into possible absentee ballot irregularities in a disputed U.S. congressional election.

North Carolina's board of election has refused to certify Republican candidate Mark Harris as the winner of the Nov. 6 vote for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as it investigates possible fraud involving absentee ballots linked to Leslie McCrae Dowless, the consultant.

North Carolina GOP ‘fully’ supports new election if inquiry shows fraud

North Carolina GOP ‘fully’ supports new election if inquiry shows fraud "To sum it up, we think the Board of Elections should hold a public hearing and fully lay out the facts," Dallas Woodhouse said.

(Reuters) - The North Carolina Republican embroiled in a vote fraud controversy said on Friday he hired the political operative at the center of a probe into North Carolina 's board of election has refused to certify Republican candidate Mark Harris as the winner of the Nov. 6 vote for a seat in the

Criminal probe of alleged election fraud in NC . In 2016, Todd Johnson, a Republican who had hired Dowless as he opposed Rep. She said the probe , which includes reviewing documents and interviewing witnesses, currently focuses on Bladen County but may expand beyond it. North Carolina requires witnesses to sign absentee ballots. Usually, those witnesses are family members or

Harris edged out Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in the Nov. 6 vote, but the validity of hundreds of mail-in absentee ballots from the rural county where Dowless worked have been called into question.

In an interview with local TV channel WBTV, Harris said he hired Dowless with the hope he could get an edge in the election by having the consultant run an operation to encourage voters to request absentee ballots and help them mail the ballots in.

WSOC local television also interviewed two women who said they were paid by Dowless to collect absentee ballots and take them to him.

In North Carolina, it is illegal for a third party to turn in absentee ballots.

Asked if he suspected Dowless of doing something illegal, Harris said: "No, absolutely not."

McCready withdraws concession as election fraud claims hit North Carolina race

McCready withdraws concession as election fraud claims hit North Carolina race Democrat Dan McCready trails Republican Mark Harris by 905 votes and had conceded the race shortly after the Nov. 6 election.

The Republican candidate for a North Carolina congressional seat said that a new election should occur after he was confronted with evidence that his RALEIGH, N . C . — North Carolina officials on Thursday ordered a new contest in the Ninth Congressional District after the Republican candidate

RALEIGH, N . C . — A political operative working on behalf of a Republican candidate for Congress oversaw an illegal absentee ballot “scheme” and went to elaborate lengths to conceal it, a North Carolina election official said Monday at a hearing that could settle the final undecided House race of

"We look forward to a transparent, complete and fair investigation." Harris added.

Dowless did not respond to requests for comment.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have said they may not seat Harris in the next Congress if there is "a very substantial question on the integrity of the election."

If North Carolina authorities find sufficient evidence of fraud to cast doubt on the result, they could order a new election.

The state's board of elections on Friday pushed back a hearing on the ballot controversy to Jan. 11 from Dec. 21.

The move, which postpones the hearing until after the new U.S. Congress convenes, frustrated the head of the North Carolina Republican Party, who said voters deserved better.

Asked if he felt his own party was turning on him, Harris told WBTV that Republicans were certainly not "circling the wagons" around him, as Democrats were with McCready.

After fraud probe, new primary may replace GOP candidate.
Legislation quickly passed by North Carolina's lawmakers this week would prepare a path for Republicans to dump their nominee in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "I think (legislators are) worried that Mark Harris might be damaged goods and they want to have the opportunity to have a different Republican nominee," said Carter Wrenn, a Republican operative and consultant to former U.S. Sen.

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