Democrat Dan McCready withdraws concession in North Carolina House race amid fraud allegations

Democrat Dan McCready is withdrawing his concession in a North Carolina congressional race where investigato...

Posted: Dec 7, 2018 9:22 AM
Updated: Dec 7, 2018 9:22 AM

Democrat Dan McCready is withdrawing his concession in a North Carolina congressional race where investigators are probing allegations of election fraud.

McCready got 905 fewer votes than Republican Mark Harris in the 9th District race. But the state elections board has refused to certify the results as it investigates potential misconduct with absentee ballots, making it the last undecided House contest in the country. The board could ultimately order another election.

Continents and regions

Corruption

Election fraud

Election results

Elections (by type)

Elections and campaigns

Government and public administration

Government organizations - US

Mark Harris

North America

North Carolina

Political corruption

Political Figures - US

Politics

Society

Southeastern United States

The Americas

United States

US Congress

US Federal elections

US House elections

US House of Representatives

Voters and voting

McCready had previously conceded the race to Harris, but withdrew that concession Thursday.

"I didn't serve overseas in the Marines to come home to NC and watch a criminal, bankrolled by my opponent, take away people's very right to vote," McCready tweeted. "Today I withdraw my concession and call on Mark Harris to end his silence and tell us exactly what he knew, and when."

His reversal comes as the state elections board, as well as local and state prosecutors, investigate whether Leslie McCrae Dowless, a veteran operative in Bladen County who was hired by a consulting firm the Harris campaign paid $400,000, altered absentee ballots or collected them from voters but never turned them in.

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.

Dowless has not returned CNN's requests for comment. He has denied any wrongdoing to The Charlotte Observer.

Earlier Thursday, North Carolina Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse told CNN he would support a new election if the elections board proves allegations of fraud are true and impacted the outcome of the race.

"We are not ready to call for a new election yet," Woodhouse said. "I think we have to let the board of elections come show their hand if they can show that this conceivably could have flipped the race in that neighborhood, we will absolutely support a new election."

Article Comments

Huntsville
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 55°
Florence
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 46°
Fayetteville
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 54°
Decatur
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 53°
Scottsboro
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 46°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Community Events