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That was before residents of rural Bladen County provided sworn affidavits that people came to their homes and collected absentee ballots that they had not filled in.

Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by about 900 votes, according to unofficial results in the 9th District. His highest-paid consultant was OnMessage, Inc.at $835,426. Why, for instance, did a lopsided share of absentee ballots that were counted favor Mr. Harris, while an overwhelming amount of ballots requested but never returned or counted came from areas likely to favor McCready?

The NRCC's regional political director and point person for North Carolina campaigns, Tyler Foote, has since moved on to become Harris's prospective chief of staff.

Republicans said one of the things that made them concerned about the board's ability to handle the investigation is that the board hadn't taken action even though Joshua Malcolm, who is now the board's chairman, said he had been aware of similar allegations "for years."

The North Carolina Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is looking into the irregularities in Bladen and Robeson counties, neighboring rural jurisdictions near the SC border, where 40 percent and 62 percent of absentee ballots, respectively, weren't returned.

But the state elections board refused to certify the results last week because of allegations of "irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities" involving mail-in ballots in the district.

Dan McCready, the Democrat running for Congress in the disputed 9th District, has renounced his concession.

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Dowless earned more than $23,000 working on six campaigns dating back to 2010, and in most of those races, Dowless' candidates received a disproportionately higher percentage of absentee votes in Bladen County.

Woodhouse's comments on Thursday stand in contrast to his position earlier in the week when he dismissed the idea of a new election in the Ninth District.

Mark Harris now has 905 more votes than Democrat Dan McCready in the congressional race, but state officials are hesitant to certify the results after Democrats are accusing their opponents of voter fraud.

A state election board spokesman confirmed Thursday that subpoenas seeking documents had been sent to the Harris campaign, the Red Dome Group, which worked for Harris, and the campaign committee of the sitting Bladen sheriff. According to a new report by the Washington Post, the state Republican Party may have had advance warning this was going on, following a complaint by GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger after he unexpectedly lost his primary, and they did nothing.

"If there is what appears to be a very substantial question on the integrity of the election, clearly we would oppose Mr. Harris being seated until that is resolved", said Representative Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat and incoming House majority leader. She also noted the investigative power of the House to determine race winners.

She said "any member-elect can object to the seating and the swearing-in of another member elect".

"This has shaken us to the core", he said.

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