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Email Shows N.C. GOP Candidate Sought Out Operative Accused Of Illegal Ballot Scheme

The newly-released email shows how Republican candidate Mark Harris sought to court political operative McRae Dowless, who's now accused of running an illegal absentee ballot scheme.
Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th Congressional race, talks during a recess in testimony during the second day of a North Carolina State Board of Elections hearing. Source: Travis Long

Updated at 11:16 a.m. ET

An email first released to the public on Thursday shows that Republican U.S. House candidate Mark Harris requested to meet the man now at the center of a North Carolina investigation into illegal ballot practices in the 2018 primary and general elections.

The disclosure frustrated investigators, who were only presented with the evidence yesterday despite a subpoena from the North Carolina State Board

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