Signed ‘Hugh G. Lectionfraud’: Watch Colbert take on NC voter fraud allegations

Signed ‘Hugh G. Lectionfraud’: Watch Colbert take on NC voter fraud allegations

"Over the last week, we have seen the criminal activity come to light, and we have seen that my opponent Mark Harris has bankrolled this criminal activity", McCready told Charlotte, North Carolina, television state WSOC-TV on Thursday.

"Today, I withdraw my concession to Mark Harris", McCready said in a tweet on Thursday.

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.

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.

Dallas Woodhouse, the state party's executive director, initially said he hadn't been alerted to the potential of absentee fraud by a Harris-hired consultant, Leslie McCrae Dowless, before admitting that he may have just shrugged them off in the heat of the campaign fight.

Dowless allegedly helped orchestrate a scheme to tamper with absentee ballots in Harris' favor. The state Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement said it wouldn't certify the results of the race between Harris and McCready. The board is meeting later this month to hear evidence, but it's unclear whether the race will be settled then. "I think we have to let the board of elections come show their hand if they can show that this conceivably could have flipped the race in that neighborhood, we will absolutely support a new election".

Pelosi said such a decision would be preceded by a House Administration Committee investigation.

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Entertaining the idea of a new election represents a significant change from last Thursday, when state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes issued a statement saying: 'Democrats are throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, at the wall to try and steal an election.' On Sunday, Hayes said there weren't enough questioned ballots to change the race's outcome, and the next day he accused a Democratic member of the state board of 'score-settling'.

Multiple voters said in interviews that they handed over their ballots - some of which were not fully filled out and were left unsealed - to people who showed up at their doors and offered to collect them.

"North Carolina doesn't allow ballot harvesting", he said. State election officials rejected that - while noting an absentee-voting irregularity that appeared to be linked to Dowless.

The revelations and ensuing national news coverage have put pressure on Republicans and attracted attention from top Democrats.

However, he said that if the outcome would not have been changed, the Republican candidate should be certified the victor.

Pelosi said "any member-elect can object to the seating and the swearing-in of another member-elect".

Dowless worked for Red Dome Group, a GOP political consulting firm that Harris paid more than $400,000. But investigators are probing whether some absentee ballots were altered by Dowless and a loosely connected group working with him or collected from voters but never turned in.

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