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

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

North Carolina Republicans and Democrats continue to fight over how to investigate the allegations of election fraud.

Multiple sworn affidavits, interviews of ballot harvesters, and the freakish numbers for absentee election returns suggest that GOP candidate Mark Harris, with the help of local strategist Leslie McCrae Dowless, Jr., paid people to visit elderly black voters in Bladen and Robeson Counties, take their absentee ballots and deliver them to the campaign - and over 1,000 ballots may have been destroyed, more than the 905-vote margin by which Harris won the race. 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".

McCready got 905 fewer votes than Republican Mark Harris in the 9th District race.

Earlier this week, Woodhouse was pushing for the state board of elections to "immediately" certify Harris' victory while it continued its investigation.

Trump has repeatedly and without evidence claimed large numbers of illegal immigrants have cast ballots and raised the specter of election fraud during routine but protracted vote counts after the November 6 elections.

Although Democrats won enough House seats nationally to take back the chamber come January, the 9th is gaining attention in part because a Republican has held the seat continuously since 1963.

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"The House still retains the right to decide who is seated", said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who expects to be Speaker in the next Congress.

But a lot has changed since then, especially as more information has come to light about the operative, McCrae Dowless. The employees who worked for Dowless in Bladen County also served as witnesses for an unusually high number of voters.

NPR reached Dowless by phone on Thursday. "I'm just not giving any comment at this time", he told reporters and photographers in front of his house in Bladenboro, adding, "No disrespect to anybody".

But in recent days, with more evidence surfacing of absentee ballot fraud, including the possible destruction of ballots from Democrats, McCready withdrew his concession on Thursday, accusing Harris of knowingly supporting 'criminal activity'. Investigators seem to be concentrating on activities linked to a longtime political operative from Bladen County, where allegations about mail-in absentee ballots also surfaced two years ago during a tight election for governor. And The New Yorker reported that Dowless, who was also convicted of insurance fraud in 1992, has been implicated in electoral fraud since 2017, when the owner of a video-sweepstakes operation admitted in a sworn affidavit to helping fund Dowless's ballot-harvesting efforts on behalf of a Republican candidate for sheriff in 2014.

We first learned about "ballot harvesting" from the great state of California.

Several witnesses say Dowless paid them to collect ballots from voters, which is illegal under North Carolina law.

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"I call on Mark Harris to tell us exactly what he knew and when he knew it", McCready said.

Robert Pittenger told The Washington Post that he lost his primary to Harris in May by a small margin.

Speaking prior to the publication of the Post's report, Woodhouse was adamant that the one person who was unaware of what Dowless was up to was candidate Mark Harris.

Then J. Michael Bitzer, a politics professor at Catawba College in Salisbury, published an analysis that found jarring anomalies, particularly in Bladen County, which has a large black population, and Robeson County, which has one of the largest Native-American populations on the East Coast.

"I just knew I didn't want to be involved with him", Pittenger said.

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