Mark Harris said in a video statement that he and his campaign are “cooperating fully” with investigators. Last week, he insisted voting irregularities could not have changed the outcome in N.C.’s 9th District.
After the spring primary, aides to incumbent GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger told the state party’s executive director and a regional NRCC director that they believed fraud had occurred, according to people familiar with the discussions.
The state elections board, which subpoenaed Republican Mark Harris’s campaign Monday, has collected information suggesting that high-level officials may have been aware of the activities, according to people familiar with the probe.
Andy Penry’s decision came a day after the state board voted to continue investigating possible fraud in the 9th Congressional District election.
The State Board of Elections voted to hold a hearing by Dec. 21 after some voters reported irregular activities involving their absentee ballots.
State election officials have no plans to certify results in 9th District vote at their meeting Friday.
The exhausting review of ballots in three statewide races allowed both parties to hone their political and legal strategies.
The manual tally focused exclusively on ballots where the voter’s intent could not be gleaned from the machine count.
In the Senate race, local elections officials will examine tens of thousands of ballots that may not have been filled out or tallied correctly to assess voters’ intentions.
The day after Labor Day, just as campaign season was entering its final frenzy, FreedomWorks, the Washington-based tea party organization, went into free fall.