Clyburn calls for new election and GOP primary in North Carolina

Rep. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnNew Mexico Dems brace for crowded race to succeed Udall Democrats hurting themselves with handling of Ilhan Omar controversy Biden speaking to Dems on Capitol Hill as 2020 speculation mounts: report MORE (D-S.C.) called for a new election and Republican primary in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District Thursday amid fraud allegations. 

“North Carolina ought to run everything over,” Clyburn, the incoming majority whip, told McClatchy.

The district's election has been mired in controversy since multiple voters have emerged with sworn statements saying that their absentee ballots were hand collected by canvassers, which is prohibited in the state.

The Republican candidate in the race, Mark HarrisMark HarrisDem candidate in contested North Carolina race refunds donation from Omar campaign Dem says he raised .6M for campaign in contested North Carolina district Warren: GOP knows 'if all the votes are counted, we'll win every time' MORE, has a 905-vote lead over Democrat Dan McCready, but that result has not been certified. The state board of elections cited "irregularities," and is set to meet on Dec. 21 on how to proceed.

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Clyburn also said that the Republican primary, where Harris defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Robert PittengerRobert Miller PittengerNorth Carolina reporter says there could be 'new crop' of GOP candidates in 9th Congressional District race North Carolina board calls for new election in contested House race Obama political arm to merge with Holder-run group MORE, should be repeated because of similar absentee-ballot scrutiny.

“Pittenger ought to be on the ballot.”

Clyburn continued to say that he was opposed to seating Harris Jan. 3 and demanded investigating Harris' role in the alleged fraud.

“I’m not too sure we ought not to subpoena [him]," Clyburn said.

“We need to find out whether or not Harris was involved in these discussions, and if he was, he ought to be disqualified as a candidate. So it’s not just about having a new election. We need to look at whether this man ought to be standing for election in this first place.”

Several people have come forward claiming they were paid by a GOP campaign operative, a convicted felon, to collect absentee ballots illegally.

House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrevor Noah on lack of Pelosi nickname from Trump: 'There is a reverence for her' Trump says he would challenge impeachment in Supreme Court The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? MORE (Ca.) said Thursday that Democrats would only call for a new election if it’s impossible to determine the winner.

Rep. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDems charge ahead on immigration Julián Castro: Trump should be impeached for trying to obstruct justice 'in very concrete ways' Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment MORE (D-Md.) said Tuesday that Democrats would refuse to seat anyone from the 9th District until the fraud allegations are resolved.