Clyburn calls for new election and GOP primary in North Carolina

Rep. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnJaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham Biden and BLM must set aside differences, focus on beating Trump The blessing of Black men: Our lives, our voices, and our votes matter 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 HarrisTrump sparks debate over merits of voting by mail The Hill's Campaign Report: Debate over mail-in voting heats up Bevin says he lost because liberals are 'good at harvesting votes' in urban areas 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 PittengerBottom Line North 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 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 PelosiClash looms over next coronavirus relief bill Trump's WHO decision raises bipartisan concerns in House Five takeaways from PPP loan data 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 HoyerAmy Kennedy wins NJ primary to face GOP's Van Drew House Democrat calls for 'real adult discussion' on lawmaker pay The Hill's Campaign Report: Primary Day in New Jersey MORE (D-Md.) said Tuesday that Democrats would refuse to seat anyone from the 9th District until the fraud allegations are resolved.