Republican Officials Had Early Warnings of Voting Irregularities in North Carolina

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Leslie McCrae Dowless sits in his kitchen in Bladenboro, N.C.  [Justin Kase Conder/For The Washington Post]

Leslie McCrae Dowless sits in his kitchen in Bladenboro, N.C. [Justin Kase Conder/For The Washington Post]

BLADENBORO, N.C. — When GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger lost his primary by a narrow margin in May, he suspected something was amiss.

The congressman turned to a group of friends and family who had gathered with him on election night at a steakhouse near Charlotte and blamed the “ballot stuffers in Bladen,” according to three people at the gathering.

Pittenger’s concern stemmed from the vote tallies in rural Bladen County, where his challenger, a pastor from the Charlotte suburbs named Mark Harris, had won 437 absentee mail-in votes. Pittenger, a three-term incumbent, had received just 17.

Amy Gardner and Beth Reinhard, reporting for The Washington Post, dig deeper into the possibility of stolen votes in #NC09.

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