Buying a Congressional seat can be costly:
In a filing with the Federal Election Commission, Mr. Harris’s campaign listed an obligation of $34,310 for “reimbursement payment for Bladen absentee, early voting poll workers; reimbursement door to door.” The disclosure form said the campaign owed the money to Red Dome Group, the Charlotte-area consulting firm that Mr. Harris hired for his campaign.
Red Dome, in turn, contracted with L. McCrae Dowless Jr., a Bladen County political operative who has been accused of collecting absentee ballots from voters in a potentially illegal effort to tip the election toward the Republican nominee.
Which exposes an exceptionally nasty side to this story: A lot of those small donors, squeezing fifty bucks out of their family's budget in support of an evangelical pastor, only to have their money used to steal or stifle the votes of their fellow citizens. Of course they can't see that side, because there's a bible waving in their face. But I see it. And so does Nancy Pelosi:
The political perils for Mr. Harris extend beyond North Carolina. In Washington on Thursday, congressional Democrats, including Representative Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to be elected House speaker next month, issued new warnings that they might not seat Mr. Harris if the election dispute remained unsettled.
“The House still retains the right to decide who is seated,” Ms. Pelosi said in a reference to the chamber’s constitutional power to be “the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members.”
The process for a new election would depend on which government body’s decision compelled one, said Gerry Cohen, a former special counsel for the North Carolina General Assembly.
If the House refused to seat Mr. Harris and declared the Ninth District’s seat vacant, the move would trigger an entirely new election: another filing period, another primary and, eventually, another general election. But, Mr. Cohen said, a state board’s order for a new vote would lead only to a “rerun” of November’s general election. Mr. Harris would be the Republican nominee unless he died or moved out of state.
You may have also noticed Dallas Woodhouse taking a surprising new stance, signaling a new election might be acceptable. But here's the thing: He wants *two* new elections, a Primary and a General Election. Why, you might ask? It's painfully obvious. Mark Harris is tainted, and will likely lose if he runs against McCready again. Dallas wants to change the players in the middle of the game, get Pittenger in there instead, because not only is he innocent, he's also a victim as well. Dallas sees that scenario as the only way the GOP can retain that seat, and he's probably right.