by Anna Manning
Carolina Journal’s Dan Way reports:
The campaign of the Rev. Mark Harris, Republican nominee for the 9th U.S. Congressional District, Thursday will ask Wake County Superior Court to certify his victory in the 2018 election.
In a statement released Wednesday night, the Harris campaign said the State Board of Elections hasn’t presented evidence of enough questionable votes to change the outcome of the election. Lacking that evidence, along with what the Harris campaign called an unlawful process to investigate the balloting, the campaign said Harris should be certified.
In unofficial results, Harris defeated Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. Libertarian Jeff Scott finished a distant third.
The Harris campaign said it welcomes a full investigation of alleged ballot irregularities.
News of the filing came hours after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper scrapped plans to name an interim State Board of Elections and accused Republicans of obstructing the ongoing investigation.
Cooper’s announcement prompted the staff of the state board to postpone a scheduled Jan. 11 evidentiary hearing. The proceeding was set to investigate suspicious absentee ballot activity in Bladen and Robeson counties. Harris received a disproportionately high number of absentee votes in those counties.
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