FILE PHOTO: Mark Harris waits to be launched throughout a volunteer assembly and rally on the Ardmore Auditorium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, April eight, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane/File Picture
(Reuters) – North Carolina Republican Mark Harris requested the state’s elections board on Thursday to order a brand new election in his congressional race, saying proof from an investigation of doable poll fraud had undermined confidence within the vote.
“By way of the testimony I’ve listened to prior to now three days, I consider a brand new election needs to be referred to as,” Harris mentioned at a listening to in Raleigh. “It’s develop into clear to me that the general public’s confidence within the ninth district seat has been undermined to an extent new election is warranted.”
Election officers had refused to certify Harris because the victor within the disputed Nov. 6 vote, during which he appeared to prevail over Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes out of 282,717 ballots forged. Harris denied realizing about an unlawful absentee poll assortment program state investigators mentioned considered one of his political operatives ran.
Enhancing by Colleen Jenkins; Enhancing by Dan Grebler