NBC News reports:
The Republican candidate leading in a contested House race in North Carolina would support a new election if potential fraud altered the result, he said Friday. In a video posted to Twitter, pastor Mark Harris said his campaign is “cooperating fully” with a state board of elections investigation into alleged absentee ballot irregularities. The Republican denied having knowledge of “any wrongdoing” in his North Carolina 9th District race against Democratic Marine veteran Dan McCready.
“I’m hopeful that this process will ultimately result in the certification of my election to Congress before the next House session begins,” Harris said in the video. “However, if this investigation finds proof of illegal activity on either side, to such a level that it could have changed the outcome of the election, then I would wholeheartedly support a new election to ensure all voters have confidence in the results.”
“On either side.” Yeah.
The New York Times reports:
The Christian right represents one of most influential voting blocs for President Trump and the Republican Party, and Mr. Harris represents their ideal candidate. He is a grass-roots culture warrior who gained local fame for his opposition to gay rights and for his support of a controversial so-called “bathroom bill.” He is seen as someone who would champion their political priorities in Washington.
Religious-right leaders are rallying around him, and are citing his commitment to faith as reason to dismiss the possibility that Mr. Harris could have done something wrong in the election. Mr. Whitson, the pastor who prayed with him on election night, calls the Board of Election’s decision to not certify the results not just “unfair,” but “criminal.” “Mark is a man of deep convictions, he is a man of integrity, he walks with God,” Mr. Whitson said in a phone interview.
Around the time he became the pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte in 2005, Mr. Harris went to a conference sponsored by the conservative Family Research Council that urged pastors to pursue civic involvement. It was a turning point that steered him toward a role in politics.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNC9) December 7, 2018