Here’s some good news today out of North Carolina:
If I can get my hands on the full results, I will post them later. But this is a great place to start. Here’s a little more context:
On Election Day, Republican Mark Harris declared himself the victor in the race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Three months later, not only is he not serving in Congress, he’s not even running in the newly called special election.
Following his short-lived victory, allegations of election fraud against Harris’ campaign tainted the results and the North Carolina Board of Elections refused to certify the election, leaving the seat vacant to begin the 116th Congress.
The board unanimously declared on Feb. 21 that a special election will be held in October with a primary in May, essentially to act as a do-over. Citing health concerns, Harris, who had led the unofficial ballot tally after the original election, announced on Tuesday he won’t be running in the special. Harris’ original Democratic opponent, Dan McCready, said he will try again.
Harris on Tuesday endorsed Stony Rushing, a Republican county commissioner, for the 9th District seat. Former Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.), who lost the primary to Harris under dubious circumstances, has said he won’t run again.
Harris’ decision comes after national and state Republican leaders reportedly urged the North Carolina pastor to sit out of the rematch. His chances didn’t look great, considering the optics of the election fraud controversy and the fact that his campaign had just $19,131 cash on hand compared to McCready’s $337,839 at the end of 2018.
McCready enjoyed a serious cash advantage throughout the 2018 cycle, raising more than $6.6 million compared to $2.1 million for Harris, and brought in substantial sums throughout the election fraud investigation.
Democrats and progressive groups are going all in to help McCready win his rematch. Rep. Ted Lieu (D. CA-33) is helping McCready’s campaign:
There were so many storylines that emerged from the 2018 midterm elections, but surely you didn’t miss this one: GOP candidate Mark Harris cheated and committed voter fraud on his way to a narrow “victory” in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. And just this week, the state Board of Elections unanimously ordered a new election.
A blue wave swept through the United States Congress, and now the Democrats have a chance to pick up another house seat — our 41st — and we can’t let it slip by.
Mark Harris, who was warned repeatedly about his operative and whose campaign attorney withheld documents subpoenaed by state officials pertaining to the case, has no right representing the people of North Carolina in Congress. Democrat Dan McCready is the only one who can restore faith in this process and move his district forward — and he needs our support.
You flipped the House last November, but our work isn’t done yet — will you chip in $50, $25, or $15 so the blue wave can pick up its first win in the 2020 cycle?
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D. NM):
We have a unique chance to make things right after widespread election fraud in North Carolina.
In November, Democrat Dan McCready lost by less than a thousand votes, and last week, the North Carolina Election Board called for a new election in the 9th District amid mounting evidence that his opponent tipped the scales.
Read on to hear more about why we need to help Dan, or join me in supporting him today by making a contribution.
A recent four day hearing held by the North Carolina state elections board confirmed that Dan’s opponent coordinated the tampering of absentee ballots in multiple counties — essentially stealing votes and compromising our electoral system.
Soon after, the board called for a new election in the 9th District and Danannounced that he plans to run for the seat again.
I’m supporting Dan not only because I know he has the momentum and support necessary to flip this seat, but because I know he’s the right person to fight for our values in Congress. Dan is a veteran and small business owner who is dedicated to serving his community and his country.
Here’s the link one more time: http://nm.martinheinrich.com/dan–mccready
Mitch McConnell is a clown, a fraud, and obviously thinks the American people and the press who cover him are stupid.
Earlier today, he stood up on the floor of the Senate and used the stolen Congressional election in NC-9 as an opportunity to hammer people who say Republicans exaggerate the prevalence of “voter fraud” to push racist and discriminatory voter access laws.
Well, here’s the truth: what happened in NC-9 was not “voter fraud.” It was election fraud. It wasn’t people trying to vote illegally. It was a Republican paying someone to steal absentee ballots, illegally.
It was a sick display from the Senate Majority Leader. And he should pay a price for it, in the language he and those who seek to silence voters are sure to understand:
Make a $3 donation to Dan McCready’s special election campaign. Split it with VoteVets. We’re going to win this election and send a powerful message that there’s a price to pay for Republican efforts to silence the voices of voters.
The common denominator is that Republicans like Mitch McConnell go overboard trying to keep people from voting. Democrats try to expand the franchise. That’s what this election is about, and why your donation to DanMcCready is so important.
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