CBS News asks whether Republicans can win North Carolina race “without cheating”

CBS News asks whether Republicans can win North Carolina race “without cheating”

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CBS News took a jab at the GOP while reporting on the North Carolina special election. The election came after the 2018 race results were overturned after allegations of absentee-ballot fraud that benefited the then-Republican candidate.

How we got here: In 2018 general election between Democrat Dan McCready and Republican Mark Harris, the tallies showed Harris winning. However, the election panel refused to certify the results due to ballot fraud involving a Republican political operative, McCrae Dowless, who was part of the Harris campaign. After several months, the North Carolina Board of Elections officially dismissed the results and called for a new election. Harris decided not to run.

CBS News reporting: After anchor Norah O’Donnell said that the race serves as a pre-test for President Trump in 2020, noting that in 2016, he won there by 12 points, correspondent Dean Reynolds asked: “The big question in the special election here today is whether the Republicans can hold onto this traditionally Republican seat without cheating.” From then on, Reynold's reporting largely focused on the Democratic candidate.

“Do you think it could happen again?” Reynolds asked McCready. “You would think it would never happen again, but we can't take anything for granted," he responded.

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