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Charlotte Observer Calls for New Election

NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer said lawyers are monitoring the situation in the district.

Dec. 6, 2018, 11:13 a.m.

The Charlotte Observer editorial board called for a new election. “There may be no way, however, to know how widespread the fraud was, or whether it involved enough ballots to potentially change the outcome of the election,” the board wrote. “But we do know enough. Unless new evidence somehow clears the clouds hanging over this election, the Board of Elections should toss out the 9th District results.”

“Republicans from Raleigh to Washington would surely howl; already, they’ve noted that the number of absentee ballots cast in Bladen County falls short of the overall margin of victory in the 9th. This is true. But witnesses have said that their ballots, which were collected by individuals apparently working for ringleader McCrae Dowless, were never submitted to the county or state.” (Charlotte Observer)

STATE GOP ON BOARD, TOO. Dallas Woodhouse, the executive director of the North Carolina GOP, said he's open to a new election. He said he was "so upset after watching CNN’s coverage of alleged fraud last night, he threw up, 'this has shaken us to the core.'" (CNN)

FROM THE NRCC. New NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer said lawyers for the committee are monitoring the situation unfolding in the district and briefing him on possible different outcomes, including another election.

Emmer: "It seemed to me the worst case was you had another primary and a general. And we’re going to plan for the best and if we get the worst, we’ll deal with it.”

He said the investigation was ultimately the domain of the state authority: "You got to let the state do what the state’s going to do." (Hotline reporting)

MORE DETAILS. North Carolina “released a list of names that were documented when a grouping of mail-in absentee ballot applications were turned in. Out of the four pages provided, McCrae Dowless signed in more than a dozen times accounting for nearly 600 mail-in ballot applications. However, there are an unknown amount of people whose names are not on this list provided by the state that alleged to have been influenced by Dowless.” (WWAY) Pete Givens, a former Charlotte City Council candidate, said pastor Mark Harris (R) introduced him to Dowless and told he “had a process” but didn’t know the specifics. (WSOC)

“Investigators from the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement returned to the Robeson County Board of Elections on Tuesday to collect more information about the local board’s procedures. … The Robeson County Board of Elections had concerns early in the campaign season about people dropping off large numbers of voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications. Board Chair Steve Stone said “said his office sent out approximately 2,300 absentee ballots. According to the state board, 1,197 were not returned. Of those unreturned ballots in Robeson, 822 were sent to registered Democrats and 78 were sent to registered Republicans.” (Charlotte Observer)

FEDERAL INVESTIGATION. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA 11), a member of “the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is calling for an emergency hearing to examine allegations of election fraud.” But a “spokesman for the ... chairman of the committee,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC 04) “said the House Administration Committee has primary jurisdiction over election matters.” Connolly: “Votes have been stolen by preying on senior and minority voters, and now a cloud of doubt and suspicion hangs over this election result.” (Washington Post)

The North Carolina Board of Elections has issued subpoenas to both the Harris campaign "and Red Dome, the political consulting firm hired by Harris." (WSOC)

McCRORY WEIGHS IN. Former Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said "he raised concerns about fraud in Bladen County during his re-election campaign two years ago." McCrory: “This is a fiasco that could’ve been prevented." He lost to Gov. Roy Cooper (D) in 2016. (WSOC)

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