It was close, but North Carolina Republican Mark Harris was jubilant on election night. Yet the race in the 9th Congressional District could be historical for all the questions it has raised. Among them: Did Harris' 905-vote win over Democrat Dan McCready rest on fraud? Why, for instance, did a lopsided share of absentee ballots that were counted favor Mr. Harris, while an overwhelming amount of ballots requested but never returned or counted came from areas likely to favor McCready?
In this Nov. 7, 2018, file photo, Mark Harris speaks to the media during a news conference in Matthews, N.C.Chuck Burton / AP
At the center of this is convicted felon L. McCrae Dowless, who was a consultant to the Harris campaign and something of an expert on absentee voting. Wayne Goodwin, North Carolina's Democratic Party chairman, said residents claim activists went door to door seeking unsigned or unsealed absentee ballots, and then offering to cast the votes on their behalf.