Democrat Dan McCready Withdraws Concession Amid Election Fraud Allegations

Frederick Owens
December 9, 2018

The board also got a rash of calls from residents who said that canvassers told them their voter registration had been canceled, Stone said, and he alerted the North Carolina State Board of Elections of the irregularities this summer. But on Thursday, amid mounting evidence of electoral fraud in Harris's race, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that Congress might not seat the Republican with the rest of his class. One log showed Boyd dropped off only four absentee ballots during the election and that they were from herself, her husband and her husband's parents.

The submission, made at 10:12 pm on Thursday night by the Harris campaign, was the first public admission by the candidate that he had hired the Red Dome Group specifically to do work for him in Bladen County; Red Dome reportedly hired McCrae Dowless, the local political operative who seems to have been in charge of an illegal absentee ballot operation which helped Harris.

It is the latest wrinkle in an election mess that left the 9th District as the last undecided House race of 2018.

The state elections board plans to hold a hearing later this month and could order a new election.

Pelosi, who's nominated to become House speaker when Democrats take control in January, said Thursday that 'any member-elect can object to the seating and the swearing-in of another member elect.' She also noted the investigative power of the House to determine race winners.

Dan McCready, the Democrat running for Congress in North Carolina's disputed 9th District, has taken back his concession amid allegations of large-scale voter fraud on behalf of the GOP candidate.

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Their accounts provide the first indication that state and national Republican officials received early warnings about voting irregularities in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, now the subject of multiple criminal probes.

Dowless, 62, is a veteran political operative in Bladen County with a criminal history. "This is about undermining the integrity of our elections, and what was done there was so remarkable and that those entities got away with it, even to the detriment of Republicans in the primary".

If the District 9 race is not certified by the state board, the leaders of the U.S. House can select either Harris or McCready to fill the seat, Stone said. But state election officials have refused to certify the results while looking at potential absentee ballot irregularities in at least two counties.

Woodhouse's comments are in tune with a growing chorus of officials on both sides of the aisle who suggest the only remedy to addressing the ballot issues in the race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready may be a fresh election. "[But] if voter fraud was committed by Republicans, then yes, that would be ironic", said Carter Wrenn, a Republican consultant based in North Carolina who is not affiliated with either campaign. He has denied any wrongdoing to The Charlotte Observer. It could be headed for a do-over amid a widening investigation into possible election fraud. Dowless worked as a contractor for Harris' chief strategist in the campaign, Harris campaign lawyer John Branch confirmed Tuesday.

At issue is who can handle completed ballots. Why, for instance, did a lopsided share of absentee ballots that were counted favor Mr. Harris, while an overwhelming amount of ballots requested but never returned or counted came from areas likely to favor McCready?

"If they can show a substantial likelihood it could have changed the race then we fully would support a new election", he said.

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