9th Congressional District Race

Republican Mark Harris, left, and Democrat Dan McCready.
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After a hearing into possible election fraud in the 9th Congressional District race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready, the N.C. State Board of Elections has called for a new race.

Unofficial results in the November general election showed Harris won the race by a slim margin of 905 votes, but irregularities with absentee mail-in ballots from Bladen and Robeson counties prompted an investigation by the elections board.

You can find all of our stories on the 9th Congressional District here. 

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Legislation quickly passed by North Carolina's lawmakers this week would prepare a path for Republicans to dump their nominee in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations.

Bladen County voters said people supporting Republican Mark Harris pressured them to vote early, and offered to pick up their absentee by mail ballots.
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The Republican-controlled General Assembly has passed a bill that would require a do-over of the party primaries in the 9th Congressional District if the North Carolina Board of Elections says there should be a new election due to fraud.

The North Carolina State Board of Election and Ethics Enforcement says it will hold a public evidentiary hearing on voting irregularities in the 9th Congressional District next year.

The hearing, set for 10 a.m. Jan. 11, 2019, will focus on the investigation into the results of the Nov. 6 election that the board has twice declined to certify. The board said it would meet and hold a hearing on or before Dec. 21. 

Bladen County voters said people supporting Republican Mark Harris pressured them to vote early, and offered to pick up their absentee by mail ballots.
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It has been another crazy few days in the 9th Congressional District, where the North Carolina Board of Elections is still investigating allegations of fraud in the race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready. 

WFAE’s political reporter Steve Harrison joined Morning Edition host Lisa Worf to discuss the latest on the story.

Inside his barber shop in Bladenboro, N.C., Rodney Baxley is giving Bobby Simmons a haircut.

The two men are talking about what everyone in this part of the state has been talking about for the better part of the past month: McCrae Dowless, and the operation he was running to get out the vote for Republican Mark Harris in the congressional race in North Carolina's 9th District.

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The North Carolina General Assembly approved a bill Wednesday that would return the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement to its former state from 2016.

Bladen County's board of elections in Elizabethtown.
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State Republican leaders say they're concerned about a report that Bladen County elections officials may have broken state rules by counting early votes before Election Day in November.  If that happened, they say they'll call for a new election in the 9th Congressional District. 

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The head of the North Carolina elections board is suggesting more time may be needed to decide whether a new congressional district election is necessary due to absentee ballot fraud allegations.

Mark Harris For Congress / Dan McCready For Congress

Democrat Dan McCready, who has accused Republican Mark Harris of "bankrolling criminal activity" in the 9th Congressional District race, is preparing for a new election and has sent an e-mail to supporters asking for campaign contributions.

Steve Harrison

There are now reports that alleged election fraud in the 9th District Congressional race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready went beyond harvesting.

When it comes to election fraud, the "voting twice by dressing up with a different hat" tactic that President Trump talks about almost never happens.

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Mark Harris for Congress

Republican Mark Harris released a video on Friday afternoon in which he said he was "absolutely unaware of any wrongdoing" in the 9th Congressional District race.

Mark Harris For Congress / Dan McCready For Congress

Dan McCready has withdrawn his concession to Republican Mark Harris in the 9th District Congressional race and says there should be a new election if the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement finds the results were tainted amid potential ballot fraud.

Mark Harris for Congress

A new filing shows the Republican candidate in North Carolina's unresolved congressional race owes $34,000 to a consultant that's been subpoenaed in a ballot fraud probe. 

Steve Harrison

People collecting absentee request forms in bulk. Filling in votes. Tilting an election. These are allegations from Bladen County – but from 2016, not this year’s 9th Congressional District race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Mark Harris.

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Democrat Dan McCready has officially withdrawn his concession to Republican Mark Harris in the 9th District Congressional race, citing allegations of ballot fraud.

The state elections board will hold a hearing this month on possible vote tampering in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District race. The key question is whether there's enough evidence to warrant a new election.

Election fraud has been a much discussed, seldom seen phenomenon in U.S. elections over the past several decades. But new details emerging from government and media investigations into the vote-counting in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District paint a picture of a tight race where potentially illegal voter fraud could have skewed the outcome.

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The North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has been directed to start posting documents from its investigation into alleged election fraud in the 9th Congressional District.

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A top House Democrat said North Carolina needs to resolve allegations of voter fraud before Republican Mark Harris can join Congress.

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