Pelosi: House Could Take 'Extraordinary Step' on NC Election

Pelosi: House Could Take 'Extraordinary Step' on NC Election

Pelosi: House Could Take 'Extraordinary Step' on NC Election

Unofficial totals have Republican Mark Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes.

North Carolina Republican Party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse slammed his own party on Thursday, telling MSNBC he was open to new elections if the election fraud allegations rocking GOP House candidate Mark Harris proved true. According to the state Elections Board website, Harris received 73,752 absentee votes, one-stop and mail-in, and McCready received a total of 81,084.

Woodhouse's comments on Thursday stand in contrast to his position earlier in the week when he dismissed the idea of a new election in the Ninth District. Harris, a Southern Baptist minister who had defeated U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., in the GOP primary, carried Union and Bladen counties. And the fact that Harris managed to win a whopping 96% of all Bladen County absentee ballots that actually made it to election officials is a big red flag, too. Woodhouse told The Post on Thursday that if the state elections board can "show a substantial likelihood" that possible fraud could have changed the outcome of November's vote, "then we fully would support a new election".

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. But we do know enough. He also said it's unlikely anyone will be seated to represent North Carolina's 9th District when the new House is sworn in on January 3. 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. Wake County district attorney Lorrin Freeman told CNN on Wednesday that many appear to have been destroyed.

Hayes went on to say the state Republican Party had no knowledge of and did not participate in the absentee ballot operations under investigation.

Harris may not be the only Republican to have benefited from Dowless's work, either.

As for Harris, he insists he supports an investigation into voter fraud, but that it won't change the outcome. Furthermore, the suspiciously high non-return rates from Bladen (40%) and Robeson (62%) counties in a district where the overall non-return rate was 24% suggested all along that someone intercepted at least some of those ballots ... which is, again, why ballot harvesting is illegal in North Carolina.

Amid these reports, North Carolina's former Republican governor, Pat McCrory, told WSOC-TV on Wednesday that he'd raised the alarm about Bladen County's voting irregularities in 2016.

Some voters said they handed their unsealed ballots over to one of these operatives. In other words, McCrory attributed fraud to the Democratic Party.

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