Charlotte’s NPR affiliate reports:
The North Carolina Republican Party says it’s “totally unacceptable” that the State Board of Elections has postponed a hearing on allegations of fraud in the 9th Congressional District until Jan. 11. The board had planned to hold a hearing on the 9th district on Friday, and had said it was mindful that the new Congress will be sworn in Jan. 3.
But the board – which is investigating political operative McCrae Dowless and the Mark Harris campaign – have pushed that hearing back. The state Republican Party released a resolution Monday calling for Harris to be declared the winner and the race certified unless there is substantial evidence of fraud that would have likely changed the outcome of the race.
Last week the North Carolina General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill that authorizes a new primary if the election gets a do-over, potentially giving GOP voters a chance to boot Harris as their choice. That bill is currently on the desk of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.