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BC-US--Election 2018-North Carolina House,ADVISORY, US

November 30, 2018

Editors:

The Associated Press is retracting its call of a winner for U.S. House in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

The AP called the race for Republican Mark Harris on Friday, Nov. 9, after Democrat Dan McCready conceded the election and said he would not request a recount.

Unofficial results show Harris with a lead of 905 votes out of nearly 283,000 votes counted.

The North Carolina board of elections has delayed certifying the results, citing “claims of irregularities and fraudulent activities related to absentee by-mail voting.”

The board voted 7-2 Friday to hear evidence by Dec. 21 on whether to finalize the result. The board could ultimately decide to hold a new election.

In this case, the AP is treating the board’s action as if the race has proceeded to a recount. AP does not call winners in any election that is subject to a recount.

The AP will not call the race until state officials certify the results.

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The AP, Washington

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