The North Carolina Republican Party would support a new election in the state’s Ninth Congressional District if fraud allegations currently plaguing the victory of Republican Mark Harris prove to have affected the outcome of the race, according to the New York Times.
If the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement can state “there was a substantial likelihood that the race could have been altered, then we would not oppose a new election,” said the executive director, Dallas Woodhouse.
State investigators have issued subpoenas and begun sifting through thousands of pages of records to determine whether absentee-ballot fraud gave an advantage to Mark Harris, the Republican nominee in the Ninth District. Preliminary returns, which state officials have refused to certify, showed Mr. Harris with a 905-vote lead over his Democratic opponent, Dan McCready.
But the validity of Mr. Harris’s margin has been called into question in recent days as witnesses have repeatedly described a voter-turnout operation that appeared to rely on at least one seemingly illegal tactic: collecting absentee ballots directly from voters. The operation raised questions of whether ballots had been improperly marked for Mr. Harris or discarded if they were to be cast for Mr. McCready.
At the center of the scandal is a political operative with a long history of conducting voter turnout operations, as well as a felony fraud conviction.
The Harris campaign was the subject of a subpoena this week, as was Red Dome Group, a Charlotte-area consulting firm that worked for Mr. Harris. The firm hired L. McCrae Dowless Jr., a political operative from Bladen County with both a felony record for fraud and an extensive record of working on voter-turnout operations.