RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) When the Republican narrowly leading the countrys last undecided congressional election asks North Carolina elections officials to overlook ballot manipulation in a rural county and declare him the winner, hell have to overcome testimony from a compelling witness his son.
GOP congressional candidate Mark Harris is expected to tell a special investigative hearing of the state elections board today that it should certify his November victory and send him to Washington. Democrat Dan McCreadys lawyers contend the race was tainted and a new election should be ordered.
McCready trailed Harris by 905 votes out of about 280,000 cast in Novembers election, but then allegations surfaced that in the eastern corner of the 9th congressional district Bladen County political operative Leslie McCrae Dowless was manipulating mail-in ballots.
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