It also didn't certify the results of the Bladen County Commissioner District 3 and in Robeson County the District Court 16B Seat 2 race between Republican Jack Moody and Democrat Vanessa Burton.
Unofficial totals have Republican Mark Harris leading McCready by 905 votes. "Unless new evidence somehow clears the clouds hanging over this election, the Board of Elections should toss out the 9th District results".
"We are not ready to call for a new election yet", Woodhouse added. The margin was cut by half the next week, but he declined to seek a recount.
"I didn't serve overseas in the Marine Corps just to come back home and watch politicians and career criminals attack our democracy", he said. But of the voters who turned in the absentee ballots, only 19 percent were registered Republicans.
"Several individuals have admitted that McCrae Dowless paid them to harvest these absentee ballots and drop them off to him personally", Goodwin said.
A state election board spokesman confirmed Thursday that subpoenas seeking documents had been sent to the Harris campaign, the firm serving as Harris' chief strategist and the campaign committee of the sitting Bladen sheriff. "Today I withdraw my concession and call on Mark Harris to end his silence and tell us exactly what he knew, and when".
One month after the midterms, a congressional race in North Carolina is still undecided. Harris said last week that his victory should be finalized while the board investigated.
The North Carolina Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is looking into the irregularities in Bladen and Robeson counties, neighboring rural jurisdictions near the SC border, where 40 percent and 62 percent of absentee ballots, respectively, weren't returned.
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'If they can show a substantial likelihood it could have changed the race then we fully would support a new election, ' he said. That scandal, involving the alleged disappearance of minority voters' absentee ballots to the apparent benefit of Republican candidate Mark Harris, underscores a remarkable turn in the battle over election integrity.
But Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the state GOP, has gone from claiming this was all a Democratic conspiracy to worrying over the mounting allegations and how they may hurt the party.
But immediately after the GOP press conference Thursday, the state Democratic Party held its own press conference in which Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin harshly criticized the Republican legislators for what he described as an attempt to interfere in the investigation.
Other N.C. Democrats as well as Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have called for a thorough investigation of the allegations and even a new election that could again pit McCready against Harris and Libertarian Jeff Scott.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the House "retains the right to decide who is seated".
"If they can show a substantial likelihood it could have changed the race then we fully would support a new election", he said in a statement, adding that Harris should be certified the victor if the ballots in question would not have changed the outcome.
Pelosi said "any member-elect can object to the seating and the swearing-in of another member-elect". They said neither election boards, appointed by governors from both parties, nor prosecutors have adequately addressed recurring issues in Bladen.
'What we cannot have going forward from this point is an investigative and enforcement effort or process that has a partisan taint that could dramatically worsen the situation, ' said Sen.