Dan McCready, the 9th district Democratic congressional candidate, has officially retracted his concession, “I didn’t serve overseas in the Marines just to come home to N.C. and watch a criminal, bankrolled by my opponent, take away people’s very right to vote,” McCready said. “Today I withdraw my concession and call on Mark Harris to end his silence and tell us exactly what he knew, and when.” http://bit.ly/2rqQmdQ
McCready has been pretty quiet about this until now. Things, however, have gotten so bad you can’t blame him for speaking up about it. Even the GOP is signaling it could be open to a new election.
Dallas Woodhouse, the Executive Director of the NCGOP, said, “If they can show a substantial likelihood it could have changed the race, then we fully would support a new election.” https://politi.co/2AWyYSK
The comments marked a change of emphasis for Woodhouse, who previously had called on the board to quickly certify the results.
Three GOP state senators are calling for on the Governor to create a special task force, “Our state is now in the national spotlight over the NC-9 investigation, and the latest information clearly indicates a widespread and long-standing pattern of irregularities in Bladen County that spans both parties,” said Sen. Bishop. “We need a bipartisan task force to conduct an investigation free from any charges of politically-motivated actions.” http://bit.ly/2Sw4uy4
Considering the Republicans have been fighting the BOE for years, I’m guessing this task force is a response to the lack of faith they have in the board.
Republicans are in a particularly difficult spot. Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that NCGOP had been given prior notice of election irregularities in Bladen County.
According to the Washington Post, incumbent congressman Robert Pittinger had concerns after his election loss, “In the days immediately after the race, aides to Pittenger told the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party and a regional political director for the National Republican Congressional Committee that they believed fraud had occurred, according to people familiar with their discussions.” https://wapo.st/2L3kq8g
A spokesman for the NRCC denied that Pittenger’s campaign raised the possibility of fraud in the primary.
“If you can retract a concession what’s the purpose of it?”