But others aren't so sure.
It's not clear when the North Carolina Board of Elections will take another step in the Harris-McCready election.
It's "bigger than that one seat", she said, pointing to the overall "integrity of elections".
"Which is an extreme burden on the county's residents", Stone said.
Nearly a month after Republican Mark Harris declared victory in his North Carolina race for the U.S. House of Representatives, the state's election board is declining to certify the result as it probes mail-in ballots from two rural counties that have been called into question. Joshua Malcolm, a Robeson County attorney, is chairman of the nine-member board. But the state elections board refused to certify the results last week in view of "claims of numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities" involving mail-in ballots in the district.
Mark Harris, the Republican candidate who beat Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes, paid Red Dome Group $428,911 for campaign consulting and services, the second-most he spent on an individual consultant, through September 30.
Dowless earned more than $23,000 working on six campaigns dating back to 2010, and in most of those races, Dowless' candidates received a disproportionately higher percentage of absentee votes in Bladen County.
Foote did not respond to multiple requests for comment. "Saying the top of the ticket was adversely affected enough to alter an outcome has or may have a cascade effect". The total number of unreturned ballots for Bladen and Robeson in the 9th exceeded the current margin. The board could order a new election. McCready won Robeson County by 17,003 votes to Harris' 12,543 and Libertarian candidate Jeff Scott's 757. "That's why today I withdraw my concession to Mark Harris, who's remained completely silent". That panel can open its own probe with full investigative powers, including subpoenas, hearings and even deciding which votes should count.
Most of the unreturned ballots belonged to African-American and Native American voters, the Observer reported. If so, fewer people would be deciding the victors, particularly in the District 9 race.
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Harris, the Republican candidate, won 61 percent of the mail-in ballots that were turned in.
"The House did something similar in 1985".
Since reports of irregularities in the 9th District emerged last month, Republican leaders in the state - including Dallas Woodhouse, the state Republican executive director - initially played down concerns that laws were broken. It is his understanding that Pittenger's staff can be authorized to remain working until a victor is declared so constituent services can continue uninterrupted.
'If they can show a substantial likelihood it could have changed the race then we fully would support a new election, ' he said. "Should that happen, the law would require a new election, which we will not oppose". The state is investigating claims that a GOP operative may have manipulated ballots.
"Any member-elect can object to the seating, the swearing in, of another member-elect and we will see how that goes", she said.
"The House has, as you know, the authority over the propriety of the election", Hoyer said.
In Washington, the likely incoming Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, hinted at the possibility that Harris' eligibility to serve in Congress would be questioned.
Trump has repeatedly and without evidence claimed large numbers of illegal immigrants have cast ballots and raised the specter of election fraud during routine but protracted vote counts after the November 6 elections.
A press release issued Thursday the office of Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger reads in part, "Sens". Tommy Tucker of Union County.