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MORNING CALL: The Neverending Story

Another day, another new accusation in Bladen County.

On Tuesday, the North Carolina Democratic Party held a press conference highlighting an affidavit from Agnes Wilkes, a Bladen County poll assistant.  Wilkes argued that she saw votes being counted before election day, “On Saturday, 11/3/18, the last day of early voting, the ‘tape’ showing election results at the one-stop polling site was ran after the polls closed, and was viewed by officials at the one-stop site who were not judges. It is my understanding that this was improper,” Agnes Willis, the elections assistant, wrote in an affidavit.”

This appeared to be the straw that broke the GOP’s back as both the party chair and executive director support a new election if these allegations are true, “He didn’t elaborate in an afternoon press conference in Charlotte, but Woodhouse and state party Chairman Robin Hayes both said that, if it did, that’s enough to throw these election results in doubt and require a new election.”

All this evidence points to a special election.  State GOP lawmakers were originally trying to get two new elections.  A primary and a general election.  However, it appears support for the primary just wasn’t there, “A proposal for a new primary in the 9th Congressional District was stripped from an elections bill Tuesday after the sponsor said he could not get enough legislators to go along. Rep. David Lewis, a Harnett County Republican, wanted a new primary if the State Board of Elections orders a new election in the 9th District…The primary was not in the proposal the House will vote on Wednesday. Lewis said he couldn’t get enough legislators negotiating the bill to sign off on the idea.”

Now that the GOP has come around to accepting the ballot problems in Bladen county, let’s hope the Democrats get on board too.  When asked by Nick Ochsner of WBTV about the Bladen county PAC that got money from the Democratic party the Chairman was…confused, “At first, Goodwin denied the organization was involved in absentee ballot efforts at all…Faced with more questions from a WBTV reporter, Goodwin then claimed to be unaware of the allegations regarding specific actions of the two women paid by the PAC.”

Oh, I get how it works.  Rush to judgment when it’s the GOP.  Wait for full investigation when it comes to Democrats.  Got it

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