On Friday, Congressman-Elect Mark Harris released a video statement on social media regarding the investigation into possible election fraud in the 9th Congressional District race.
In the video, Harris says he and his campaign are fully cooperating with the State Board of Elections’ investigation and was not aware of any wrongdoing in the election process.
Harris also says that he would “wholeheartedly” support a new election if the investigation does find proof of any wrongdoing, on either side, that would have changed the outcome.
The video was posted one day after Democrat challenger Dan McCready released his own video on social media in which he withdrew his concession to Harris and called on the Republican to break his silence on the investigation.
Original Story (Dec. 6, 2018):
AP — The Democratic candidate trailing in a North Carolina congressional race marked by an absentee fraud investigation has withdrawn his concession to the Republican.
Dan McCready made his announcement late Thursday in a video posted on social media. Unofficial results showed Republican Mark Harris leading McCready by 905 votes in the south-central 9th Congressional District. But state election officials have refused to certify the results while looking at potential absentee ballot irregularities in at least two counties.
McCready called the reports of potential wrongdoing “shameful criminal activity, bankrolled by my opponent” to take away the right of North Carolina resident to vote. Harris’ chief political strategist had hired a Bladen County man who has become the focus of many allegations.
The state elections board plans to hold a hearing later this month and could order a new election.