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    North Carolina Republican Leader Says He’s Open to New Election in Disputed District

    ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. — The executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party said Thursday that a new election may be appropriate in the state’s 9th Congressional District, where allegations of fraud have cast doubts on the fairness and accuracy of the vote count.

    If the state Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement can state “there was a substantial likelihood that the race could have been altered, then we would not oppose a new election,” the executive director, Dallas Woodhouse, said.

    State investigators have issued subpoenas and begun sifting through thousands of pages of records to determine whether absentee-ballot fraud gave an advantage to Mark Harris, the Republican nominee in the 9th District. Preliminary returns, which state officials have refused to certify, showed Harris with a 905-vote lead over his Democratic opponent, Dan McCready.

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    But the validity of Harris’ margin has been called into question in recent days as witnesses have repeatedly described a voter-turnout operation that appeared to rely on seemingly illegal tactics regarding absentee ballots.

    NEW YORK TIMES