Democrat withdraws concession in scandalous North Carolina race

Davis Turner  Getty Images North America

Davis Turner Getty Images North America

The claims proved untrue.

"Clearly if what you reported is verified by the state board of elections ... there has to be a new election, and if ..."

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.

Harris leads by 905 votes, but the state's elections board refused to certify the results after allegations of absentee ballot irregularities emerged. If true, the charges sharply contrast with those that Republicans have used to justify ballot restrictions around the country, said Myrna Perez, a voting-rights expert at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University's law school.

Incoming Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Tuesday that a "very substantial question" about fraud exists and hopes state officials "get to the bottom" of the controversy.

"This is bigger than that one seat", Pelosi said. "This is about undermining the integrity of our elections, and what was done there was so remarkable and that those entities got away with it, even to the detriment of Republicans in the primary".

Fighting voter fraud has been a Republican rallying cry for years.

"It's a rigged system", President Trump said. In other words, McCrory attributed fraud to the Democratic Party. Similar conflicts have erupted in Texas, home to what was the nation's strictest identification law until North Carolina passed its version in 2013.

North Carolina's board of elections is also investigating concerns about ballot collection, as well as unusually high interest in absentee ballots in Bladen and Robeson counties.

Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool
Sadio Mane is a major doubt, but Georginio Wijnaldum and Andy Robertson is back in the reckoning. Things got worse for Cook, who scored an own goal to make it 3-0 to Liverpool .

The current North Carolina scandal is rich on a number of levels. He also said it's unlikely anyone will be seated to represent North Carolina's 9th District when the new House is sworn in on January 3.

Republican officials did little to scrutinize the results, instead turning their attention to Harris' general-election campaign against a well-funded Democratic opponent, the people said. "But it is not likely that would happen", Dallas Woodhouse, North Carolina Republican Party executive director, wrote in an email.

The pattern was first identified by Michael Bitzer, a political scientist at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC.

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.

However, he said that if the investigation shows that the outcome would not have been changed, Republican candidate Harris should be certified the victor. "[But] if voter fraud was committed by Republicans, then yes, that would be ironic", said Carter Wrenn, a Republican consultant based in North Carolina who is not affiliated with either campaign. Dowless acknowledged he hired people in 2016 to urge voters to turn in absentee ballot request forms, which is legal.

"I think there were a lot of frustrated feelings inside the room as we saw the results come in", he said. Some were in open envelopes or only partially completed.

Dowless, who told the Charlotte Observer that he did not commit any wrongdoing, declined to comment Thursday.

The Wake County district attorney's office in Raleigh and the State Bureau of Investigation are also conducting probes, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman told The Post. The board will work with the prosecutor, he said. The state is investigating claims that a GOP operative may have manipulated ballots. 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.

Latest News