Judge to Decide if Mark Harris Should be Certified Winner in 9th District
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On Tuesday, a judge will decide if results should be certified in the 9th District Congressional Race. Attorneys for candidate Mark Harris are going to Raleigh to try and convince a judge the Republican should be seated, despite the investigation into alleged election fraud.
North Carolina GOP leaders insist they haven’t seen evidence of enough fraud to overturn Mark Harris’s 905 vote lead over Democrat Dan McCready.
The former State Board of Elections refused to certify the results after allegations of a ballot harvesting operation in Bladen and Robeson Counties.
“This might be a systematic problem and we do want to investigate that and fix any sort of systematic problem, but at this point they also need to certify him,” says Mecklenburg County GOP Vice Chairwoman Sarah Reidy-Jones.
Reidy-Jones is in Raleigh ahead of Tuesday’s hearing.
“They need to certify and then also investigate. But at this point, we don’t have any sort of information or smoking gun that would preclude Mark Harris from being seated,” she says.
The Harris campaign argues Democrats are stalling. Harris talked with WCCB Charlotte earlier this month.
“We’re not just asking to certify blindly. We’re asking to certify based on the knowledge you have now,” Harris said.
Democrat Dan McCready is asking the court not to certify the results. He told WCCB Charlotte last week that Harris is obstructing the process by going to court.
McCready is worried the election fraud investigation won’t be allowed to play out.
“He can’t just hide behind a criminal defense attorney, obstruct, and sue his way into power,” McCready said.