Dan McCready withdraws concession in House race amid fraud allegations

GOP hit with election fraud claims after utilizing situation as rallying cry

The state is investigating claims that a GOP operative may have manipulated ballots.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when asked Thursday about allegations of election fraud in North Carolina's 9th District, said deciding whom is seated is up to the House itself, not an outside authority or state election board.

It was close, but North Carolina Republican Mark Harris was jubilant on election night. Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by about 900 votes, but results are not certified.

Dan McCready, the Democrat running for Congress in the disputed 9th District, has renounced his concession. A new election may well be the only way for the GOP to save this seat ... if that's possible after this debacle, even in a district with an R+8 Cook index. At that time, the GOP chair demanded a quick certification before the Democratic majority on the election board could "unscrupulously order a new election on a party line vote".

Leading House Democrat Steny Hoyer on Tuesday said his party may not seat Harris if the election remains in question when Democrats take control of the lower chamber in January.

"We're not ready to call for a new election yet", Woodhouse added, but that's still a long way from Woodhouse's position nine days ago.

"This is amusing business on the part of Democrats, in part to try and steal this race", Woodhouse told NPR on Monday. Dowless's operation also appears to have targeted African-American voters, many of them elderly - a constituency that is typically hostile to Republican candidates.

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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.

NPR reached Dowless by phone on Thursday.

Dowless has not returned CNN's requests for comment.

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.

That was before residents of rural Bladen County provided sworn affidavits that people came to their homes and collected absentee ballots that they had not filled in. But of the voters who turned in the absentee ballots, only 19 percent were registered Republicans.

There is little chance as many voters who cast ballots on November 6 would vote if new elections are held, Stone said. "That's why today I withdraw my concession to Mark Harris, who's remained completely silent".

"What we know is the people down in Bladen County are scoundrels". 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. "He is a man of honor, and integrity, and we stand by him personally".

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