Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Democrat withdraws concession in scandalous North Carolina race

Democrat withdraws concession in scandalous North Carolina race

Of the 1,300 or so absentee ballot requests Bladen County received, Dowless turned in nearly half of those on behalf of voters.

CONCESSION WITHDRAWN! Democratic congressional candidate Dan McCready trails Republican Mark Harris by more than 900 votes, but there have been serious allegations of fraud dealing with absentee ballots. His highest-paid consultant was OnMessage, Inc.at $835,426.

"No comment, no disrespect to you", Dowless said, before hanging up. Until then, the media hadn't focused too much on those possibilities, but that's precisely why ballot harvesting is illegal in North Carolina. "One of the explanations is that these operatives would take ballots from black and Native American voters and throw them in the trash", Cohen said.

If the results are certified when the board meets December 21, the loser can contest the result within 30 days.

The midterms are not over in North Carolina's 9th district.

The main issue: Harris won an unusually high percentage of the absentee mail-in vote in Bladen County.

"We are not ready to call for a new election, yet, until the NCSBE completes the investigation or produces enough evidence that the votes/ballots in question would have changed the result or a substantial likelihood thereof", N.C. Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes wrote in a statement.


The Democrat trailing in a North Carolina congressional race withdrew his concession Thursday as state election officials investigated allegations of absentee ballot fraud.

A state election board spokesman confirmed Thursday that subpoenas seeking documents had been sent to the Harris campaign, the firm serving as Harris' chief strategist and the campaign committee of the sitting Bladen sheriff. 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.

Rep. Robert Pittenger's (R-NC) staff warned state and national Republican officials that his primary loss to Mark Harris may have been tainted by fraud way back in May, according to a new report from the Washington Post, but little was done to look into it.

"The House still retains the right to decide who is seated", Mrs. Pelosi told reporters Thursday.

The Robeson County board staff member said she didn't think that surge was due to people working for Dowless. She also noted the investigative power of the House to determine race winners.

"This is bigger than that one seat", Pelosi said. They said neither election boards, appointed by governors from both parties, nor prosecutors have adequately addressed recurring issues in Bladen. Dan Bishop, a Charlotte Republican. And with even Woodhouse conceding that a new election might be necessary, Harris's chances of occupying a seat in Congress are beginning, ever-so-gradually, to shrink. "He is a man of honor, and integrity, and we stand by him personally".

Like this: