North Carolina board orders new election in disputed congressional race

GOP candidate tears up as son testifies in fraud hearing

GOP candidate tears up as son testifies in fraud hearing

GOP candidate Mark Harris' campaign attorney told North Carolina's elections board Thursday that communications involving the campaign manager and other key staffers weren't reviewed when they received a subpoena from the board.

The Republican candidate in a US House race in North Carolina says a new election should be called after an investigation into election irregularities. "It's become clear to me that public confidence in the 9th District has been undermined to an extent that a new election is warranted". The State Board of Elections has not certified unofficial results that showed Harris narrowly beating McCready by 905 votes. Dowless orchestrated an illegal ballot-harvesting operation in the 2018 election, North Carolina's elections director Kim Strach said at a hearing Monday.

During his testimony in an election fraud case, Harris said the new evidence that has come forward about a political operative working for his campaign who had allegedly tampered with mail-in ballots in the November congressional race means that "a new election should be called", The Charlotte Observer reported.

The State Board has been holding an evidentiary hearing this week to decide whether to certify the 9th congressional race or call for a new election because of alleged absentee ballot fraud.

The Republican candidate said Mr Dowless had assured him his staff only helped voters obtain absentee ballots and did not do anything illegal.

Harris said he was still struggling from health problems caused by a blood infection that landed him in a hospital and led to two strokes since the election.

"I thought what he was doing was illegal, and I was right", John Harris testified, weeping, as his father also began to cry.

Elections Board Chairman Bob Cordle said "the corruption" and "absolute mess" with absentee ballots had cast doubt on the entire contest.

It is unclear whether Harris will run again.

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He made the surprising reversal after his lawyers argued in recent legal filings to the board that he should be certified the victor.

Harris' comments came a day after his son took the stand in emotional testimony that left his father in tears.

According to text messages Harris' attorneys turned over to the board on Thursday, Harris sought a meeting with Dowless when he learned that Dowless had led a successful absentee ballot program for Republican candidate Todd Johnson during a 2016 congressional primary election.

Andy Yates, founder and partner of consultancy Red Dome Group and Harris' top strategist, earlier this week testified that he did not know of Dowless' past criminal record when Red Dome hired him in 2017.

"I love my dad and I love my mom. I think that they made mistakes in this process and they certainly did things differently than I would have done them".

"I don't recall specifically saying that, I'm not denying that I could have said that", he answered once. Claims he didn't read the email as a warning.

The board action came after GOP candidate Mark Harris, in a surprising turn, dropped his bid to be declared the victor and instead called for a new election.

Officials did not give a date for the new election, and the state's ninth district will continue to remain without representation in Washington as the new vote is organised.

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