Man at center of NC fraud investigation speaks as Republican denies wrongdoing

Man at center of NC fraud investigation speaks as Republican denies wrongdoing

Man at center of NC fraud investigation speaks as Republican denies wrongdoing

A new filing shows the Republican candidate in North Carolina's unresolved congressional race owes $34,000 to a consultant that's been subpoenaed in a ballot fraud probe. Basically, the Republicans are aiming to be put in charge of every election board when the job is most important and prone to partisan shenanigans.

On Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi warned that the House could refuse to seat Harris if his victory is approved by the state Board.

Harris leads McCready by 905 votes in the current ballot count, POLITICO reported.

North Carolina's board of elections identified political consultant Leslie McCrae Dowless as a person of interest on Friday amid a probe of possible absentee ballot fraud in a disputed USA congressional election.

Top state Republican officials said Thursday they could support a new election in the 9th Congressional District only if the board uncovers "an overwhelming amount of evidence" that fraud changed the outcome of the vote or that "there is a substantial likelihood that it could have been (changed)".

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In the video, Harris says he'll cooperate with the investigation.

"If this investigation finds proof of illegal activity on either side, to such a level that it could have changed the outcome of the election, then I would whole heartedly support a new election to ensure all voters have confidence in the results", Harris said, while denying knowledge of any wrongdoing.

"To sum it up, we think the Board of Elections should hold a public hearing and fully lay out the facts", Dallas Woodhouse, the GOP executive director, told POLITICO. Other North Carolina Democrats as well as Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have called for a thorough investigation of the allegations and even a new election that could again pit McCready against Harris and Libertarian Jeff Scott. State law allows only a family member or legal guardian to drop off absentee ballots for a voter. And so, as of today, I am withdrawing my concession to Mark Harris.

The filing lists two other debts totaling almost $20,000 to Red Dome for digital advertising, robocalls and mailings for Harris, whose slim lead over Democrat Dan McCready is now in question. Red Dome had hired Dowless to perform get-out-the-vote work for Harris' campaign.

Several district residents have described having their absentee ballots collected, also known as "ballot harvesting", which is illegal in North Carolina. Neither Harris, nor the head of the Red Dome Group, Andy Yates, responded to messages seeking comment.

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