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 TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time 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 HarrisNC GOP will call for new election if early votes were leaked NC Dems call on GOP candidate to answer questions about alleged electoral fraud Some early votes were counted before Election Day in North Carolina House race 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 RubioPolitifact names conspiracies about Parkland students as 2018's 'lie of the year' Republicans skeptical of Trump’s plan to have military build the wall Alex Jones heckles Google CEO heading into House hearing MORE (Fl.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOval Office clash ups chances of shutdown Republicans skeptical of Trump’s plan to have military build the wall Corker to introduce resolution holding Saudi crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi's death 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 PelosiPelosi, Dem rebels near deal on term limits for party leaders Pelosi divides Democrats with term-limit proposal Oval Office clash ups chances of shutdown 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 HoyerPelosi, Dem rebels near deal on term limits for party leaders Pelosi divides Democrats with term-limit proposal Hoyer bucks Pelosi over term limits: 'She's not negotiating for me' MORE (D-Md.) said Tuesday that Democrats would refuse to seat anyone from the 9th District until the fraud allegations are resolved.