Clyburn calls for new election and GOP primary in North Carolina

Rep. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnDem rep says term limits should be considered for House leadership Clyburn calls for new election and GOP primary in North Carolina House Dems worry about lack of women of color in leadership 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 HarrisDisputed North Carolina race exposes mail ballot flaws NC elections board postpones hearing over contested House race until January N.C. candidate directed hiring of aide despite warnings: report 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 on cusp of House race reset NC GOP will call for new election if early votes were leaked NC Dems call on GOP candidate to answer questions about alleged electoral fraud 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 PelosiTrump celebrates judge's decision tossing core tenets of ObamaCare Pelosi gets her swagger on Young girl's death draws new scrutiny over US treatment of migrants 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 HoyerPelosi gets her swagger on Term limit fight highlights growing pains for Pelosi’s majority DeGette dropped from chief deputy whip spot MORE (D-Md.) said Tuesday that Democrats would refuse to seat anyone from the 9th District until the fraud allegations are resolved.