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    North Carolina Orders New US House Election Amid Ballot Fraud Evidence

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    North Carolina elections board has said it unanimously ordered a new US House election after hearing evidence of ballot fraud.

    Earlier on Thursday, the Republican candidate in the congressional race Mark Harris called for a new election. Harris told the North Carolina elections board about his decision on the fourth day of a hearing on whether to certify the results of the November contest. The bipartisan elections board made an unanimous 5-0 decision to order a new US House election.

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    "I believe a new election should be called", he said. "It's become clear to me that the public's confidence in the 9th District seat general election has been undermined to an extent that a new election is warranted", the candidate added.

    The move comes after four days of a hearing on whether Mark Harris' campaign benefited from alleged illegal election manipulation by political consultant Leslie McCrae Dowless.


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