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What’s Next For NC’s 9th Congressional District?

Mark Harris fights back tears at the conclusion of his son John Harris's testimony during the third day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.
Travis Long
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The News & Observer via AP, Pool
Mark Harris fights back tears at the conclusion of his son John Harris's testimony during the third day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

Prosecutors have indicted Leslie McCrae Dowless, the political operative accused of harvesting absentee ballots in favor of Republican candidate Mark Harris in the 2018 midterm election. Dowless was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice and illegal ballot possession related to both the 2016 and 2018 elections. 

Last week the North Carolina State Board of Elections unanimously called for a new election in North Carolina’s 9th District, after four days of hearings. Will the Democrats gain another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made comments on the Senate floor this week about the alleged fraud in the 9th District election, conflating it with voter fraud.

Host Frank Stasio talks to political scientist Michael Bitzer about what is next for the state’s 9th District and what this alleged election fraud means for the Republican argument for voter ID laws. Bitzer is a professor of politics and history at Catawba College.

Amanda Magnus is the executive producer of Embodied, a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She has also worked on other WUNC shows including Tested and CREEP.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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