NORTH CAROLINA: AP Retracts Call For GOP Candidate In House Race After “Irregularities” Delay Certification

The Associated Press reports:

The Associated Press is retracting its call of a winner for U.S. House in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. The AP had called the race for Republican Mark Harris on Nov. 9 after Democrat Dan McCready conceded the election and said he would not request a recount.

Unofficial results show Harris with a lead of 905 votes out of nearly 283,000 votes counted.

The North Carolina board of elections has delayed certifying the results, citing “claims of irregularities and fraudulent activities related to absentee by-mail voting.” The board voted 7-2 on Friday to hear evidence by Dec. 21 on whether to finalize the result. The board could ultimately decide to hold a new election.

The Charlotte Observer reports:

The evidentiary hearing is due “to claims of numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities related to absentee mail ballots” and “to assure that the election is determined without taint of fraud or corruption and without irregularities that may have changed the result of an election,” said Joshua Malcolm, vice chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.

“We applaud the board’s bipartisan decision to delay certification and fully investigate the concerning allegations in the Ninth Congressional District. North Carolina voters deserve to know the truth and their voices deserve to be heard,” said Wayne Goodwin, chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, in a statement.

As I’ve reported on multiple occasions, Mark Harris is arguably the most viciously anti-LGBT politician in his state, having led the battles against every LGBT civil rights issue in recent years.