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Search warrants released in North Carolina election probe

Mar. 13, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Search warrants unsealed Wednesday show that a North Carolina political operative suspected of illegally handling election ballots in 2016 was under surveillance by FBI and state investigative agents days before last year's primary. The three search warrants issued in December and...

Feds issue subpoenas in North Carolina election probe

Mar. 12, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors investigating potential election crimes have demanded documents for a grand jury reviewing a North Carolina congressional race that's still undecided and being rerun after last year's contest was deemed tainted. The state elections board on Tuesday provided a grand...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump twists Cohen's words on collusion

Mar. 2, 2019 8:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Assailed by his ex-lawyer at every turn, President Donald Trump nevertheless claimed a measure of vindication from Michael Cohen's statement that he possessed no direct evidence of collusion with Russia from his time serving the boss. But contrary to Trump's words, Cohen did not exonerate...

N Carolina operative charged in congressional ballot case

Feb. 28, 2019 1:06 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Leslie McCrae Dowless was known in his rural North Carolina community as a sad-eyed, politically obsessed man who over nearly a decade delivered votes for his candidates and stayed just out of reach of laws protecting ballots from potential tampering. But less than two years after...

AP FACT CHECK: McConnell's misleading spin on voting fraud

Feb. 27, 2019 10:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is skewing facts when it comes to Republican congressional efforts to stem the type of election malfeasance recently seen in North Carolina. The Kentucky Republican on Tuesday accused Democrats of resisting GOP efforts over the years to address...

Political operative arrested in North Carolina scandal

Feb. 27, 2019 7:03 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The political operative at the center of an election fraud scandal that has engulfed a North Carolina congressional race was arrested Wednesday on charges of illegal ballot handling and conspiracy. Four people working for him were also charged. Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., 63, was...

Timeline: North Carolina's absentee ballot scandal

Feb. 27, 2019 5:08 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An operative in North Carolina's unresolved congressional race was charged Wednesday with obstruction and illegal ballot possession related to 2016 and 2018 elections. Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. had been the target of multiple investigations into his election activities over the years,...

Well-known Republicans steer clear of disputed US House race

Feb. 27, 2019 1:06 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three well-known Republicans are staying out of a North Carolina congressional race that had to be re-run because suspicions of ballot fraud tainted the first try, leaving lesser-known candidates to try to maintain the GOP's 50-year hold on the seat. Mark Harris, the apparent winner of...

GOP candidate in disputed US House race not running again

Feb. 26, 2019 6:10 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican candidate whose narrow lead in a North Carolina congressional race was thrown out because of suspicions of ballot fraud announced Tuesday he will not run in the newly ordered do-over election, saying he needs surgery late next month. The withdrawal of Mark Harris could...

Republicans now sizing up North Carolina congressional seat

Feb. 22, 2019 8:24 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a new election being called in a disputed North Carolina congressional race (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Several Republicans are now looking closely at whether they want to run in a new election for a North Carolina congressional seat. A current state senator and a...