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"It's expensive and logistically tough to have a new election in the 9th District", Steve Stone said. The investigation that began with claims from 2016 has now spread to this year's primary and general elections, Wake County DA Lorrin Freeman said in an interview.

"Which is an extreme burden on the county's residents", Stone said.

The North Carolina Republican Party said Thursday that it would be open to a new election in the state's ninth US congressional district, where an absentee ballot probe is underway, if investigators can show "substantial likelihood" that the alleged fraud scheme changed the outcome of the race. Joshua Malcolm, a Robeson County attorney, is chairman of the nine-member board. The state Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement said it wouldn't certify the results of the race between Harris and McCready.

The district attorney in Raleigh announced this week that she's been investigating potential Bladen County "voting irregularities" since last January.

McCready, an Iraq War veteran who outraised Harris in the campaign, initially conceded the day after the election, when Harris' lead was less than 1,900 votes. "Saying the top of the ticket was adversely affected enough to alter an outcome has or may have a cascade effect".

McCready got 905 fewer votes than Republican Mark Harris in the 9th District race. In Bladen County, Dowless employees told local television station WSOC and BuzzFeed News that they collected absentee ballots from people and gave them to Dowless, which violates state law. Harris, the Republican candidate, won more than 60 percent of the absentee vote.

"Today, I withdraw my concession to Mark Harris", McCready said in a tweet on Thursday.

The judicial race between Moody, who works in the Public Defender's Office, and Burton, an assistant prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office, remained contested after the polls closed on November 6.

In 2016, Dowless was accused of working on an illegal ballot harvesting operation that led to a public hearing, according to the Post. But a CNN review found three witnesses signed more than 40 ballots each, another signed 30 and three other people signed more than 10 apiece. The president raised the specter of fraud again this year, suggesting without evidence that people had donned disguises to vote a couple of times in midterm elections. Yet the race in the 9th Congressional District could be historical for all the questions it has raised. Hoyer said Harris is "not eligible for being sworn into the House" at this point.

"The board needs to have a public hearing and lay out what they have, and unless they meet the standard of a substantial likelihood, numerically, that the outcome of this race was changed or could have been changed, then they need to certify Mark Harris as the victor and prosecute the offenders", said Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the state Republican Party.

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"The House did something similar in 1985".

Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, told CNN reporter Drew Griffin that after watching the network's coverage of the allegations, he became so upset that he "threw up", according to a tweet from anchor Jim Sciutto.

One month after the midterms, a congressional race in North Carolina is still undecided. It is his understanding that Pittenger's staff can be authorized to remain working until a victor is declared so constituent services can continue uninterrupted.

And on Thursday, state Republican chief Woodhouse said that if fraud is proved, he would be open to a new election. "Should that happen, the law would require a new election, which we will not oppose".

"The House still retains the right to decide who is seated", she said.

Pelosi said "any member-elect can object to the seating and the swearing-in of another member-elect".

"The House Administration Committee will have full investigative authority to determine the victor of the election", Pelosi added. "North Carolina has a long history of this kind of thing, particularly in rural areas".

A press release issued Thursday the office of Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger reads in part, "Sens".

State investigators can order a new election if "irregularities or improprieties occurred to such an extent that they taint the results of the entire election and cast doubt on its fairness".