Kobach ‘very concerned’ voter fraud may have happened in North Carolina

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) said Thursday Republican voter fraud may have affected the House race in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.

Kobach, an ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Ayers decision casts harsh light on Trump NASA offers to show Stephen Curry evidence from moon landings Freedom Caucus calls on leadership to include wall funding, end to 'catch and release' in funding bill MORE who served on a voter integrity panel, became one of the most prominent Republicans to publicly express alarm in an interview with the Washington Post

“Based on what I have read, I am very concerned that voter fraud did occur,” said Kobach, who recently lost the race for Kansas governor. He said it was unclear whether the alleged wrongdoing was broad enough to change the outcome of the election.

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The North Carolina 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, Russians, absentee voter fraud: Maybe we did need an ‘election integrity’ commission NC GOP leader praises journalists for covering election fraud allegations Reporter says woman paid to collect ballots in North Carolina House race thought she was doing a good deed 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.

Several prominent Republicans, including Trump, have opted not to comment on the process in North Carolina as it unfolds.

Republican Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDems have new moniker for Trump: ‘Unindicted co-conspirator' John Kelly’s exit raises concerns about White House future Rubio: We don’t need direct evidence crown prince ‘ordered the code red’ on Khashoggi killing MORE (Fl.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCorker to introduce resolution holding Saudi crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi's death Cornyn opens door to including criminal justice bill in government funding measure The Hill's Morning Report — Trump shakes up staff with eye on 2020, Mueller probe MORE (S.C.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLimited Senate access to CIA intelligence is not conspiracy Dems have new moniker for Trump: ‘Unindicted co-conspirator' Rand Paul downplays potential Trump campaign finance violations: 'We’ve over-criminalized campaign finance' MORE (Ky.) all declined to comment this week, saying that they were not informed enough, according to the Post.

Top Democrats have been much more vocal.

“This is bigger than that one seat,” House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiFreedom Caucus calls on leadership to include wall funding, end to 'catch and release' in funding bill Black Caucus huddles as talk of term limits heats up Insurgent Dems amplify push for term limits on party leaders MORE (Calif.) said Thursday. “This is about undermining the integrity of our elections.”

Incoming majority whip Rep. Jim E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) called for the election to be redone, "all the way back to the primary.”

Rep. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerInsurgent Dems amplify push for term limits on party leaders Overnight Energy — Sponsored by the National Biodiesel Board — Key Dem backs Green New Deal | Activists protest fossil fuel presentation at climate meeting | Judge won't allow 'preconstruction' work on Keystone XL More protesters storm Pelosi's office demanding climate change action MORE (D-Md.) said Tuesday that Democrats would refuse to seat anyone from the 9th District until the fraud allegations are resolved.