…From The Hill….
House Democrats will refuse to seat North Carolina Republican candidate Mark Harris on Jan. 3 as state election authorities investigate election fraud claims surrounding his race, incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Friday.
Hoyer told The Washington Post that Democrats would oppose any effort to seat Harris, who leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in the state’s 9th District.
But the North Carolina state Board of Elections has refused to certify the results as it conducts an investigation into claims of fraud involving absentee ballots in two rural counties of the district.
“Given the now well-documented election fraud that took place in NC-09, Democrats would object to any attempt by Mr. Harris to be seated on January 3,” Hoyer told the Post.
“In this instance, the integrity of our democratic process outweighs concerns about the seat being vacant at the start of the new Congress,” he added.
New House members will be seated on Jan. 3 under a new Democratic majority after the party flipped 40 seats in the midterm elections in November….