New election ordered for North Carolina

National News

February 22, 2019 - 10:26 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country’s last vacant congressional seat will stay that way for months after North Carolina’s election board, hearing evidence of ballot fraud and testimony that the Republican ignored warning signs, ordered a new election.

GOP candidate Mark Harris gave up his fight Thursday to be declared winner of November’s 9th congressional district race, saying serious public doubts about the contest’s fairness revealed in testimony this week warrant a new election.

Harris had struggled during testimony at a special state elections board hearing to explain why he was being truthful in saying publicly since Election Day he’d never been warned about a North Carolina’s felon’s vote-getting efforts despite repeated data-based red flags from his son dating to mid-2016.

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