UNION COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Republican Mark Harris says he would support a new election for the 9th Congressional District race new election if a current investigation proves fraud swayed outcome. App users click here.
The North Carolina Board of Elections refused to certify the results over concerns of absentee voting irregularities. An investigation has been opened into the irregularities and other alleged actives in the NC-9 race.
Harris beat Democrat Dan McCready by less than 1,000 votes, according to the unofficial returns. McCready initially conceded to Harris, but has since withdrawn his concession.
McCready called the reports of potential wrongdoing "shameful criminal activity, bankrolled by my opponent" to take away the right of North Carolina resident to vote. Harris' chief political strategist had hired a Bladen County man who has become the focus of many allegations.
Harris broke his silence for the first time since the Board's decision in a video posted to Twitter. In the video, Harris says he would "wholeheartedly support a new election to ensure all voters have confidence in the results."
Harris went on to say that he and his campaign are cooperating with the NCSBE investigation and that "he was absolutely unaware of any wrong-doing."
The state elections board plans to hold a hearing later this month and could order a new election.