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North Carolina Republicans Forced To Rerun Election Over Ballot Tampering

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It now feels like an age ago that we received the results of the midterm elections of 2018 and leapt for joy because the Democrats had managed to take back control of the House of Representatives from the GOP. That, of course, is why Nancy Pelosi is now Speaker of the House once again, and why we had the longest government shutdown in the entire history of the United States followed by a National Emergency Declaration and yet President Donald Trump has still not got his Border Wall.

The Democrats have a lot of power now, and it is all because of those crucial House seats they won back in November of last year. Donald Trump might be President of the United States and leader of the free world, but there is very little he can actually achieve by himself when there is a strong Congressional Democratic majority willing to block his policies. Things might just be looking up.

That entire midterm elections period was mired by claims of electoral fraud. North Carolina was one of the most frequently cited, and an investigation has been taking place into whether or not the local GOP tampered with the ballot boxes in order to cheat the result. Well, now, amazingly, the ruling has come back and it seems that the election will have to be rerun altogether because the Republicans cheated. Here is what Mark Harris, the GOP House candidate at the center of all this, had to say:

“Through the testimony I’ve listened to over the past three days, I believe a new election should be called,” Harris 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.” Harris went on to explain how his health problems, including two strokes since the election, were affecting his professional abilities. “I struggled this morning with both recall and confusion,” he said. “Neither I nor any of the leadership of my campaign were aware of or condoned the improper activities that have been testified to in this hearing.”

Dallas Woodhouse, who is the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, said that he only learned of the momentous decision minutes before it was announced. “There’s no way that anybody has contemplated what’s next,” he said.

This is truly humiliating for the Republicans, and a great opportunity to win yet another seat for the Democrats.


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