GOP Candidate Fights for Political Life From Witness Stand

Republican politician Mark Harris testified Thursday that he did not believe a political operative working for his campaign was tampering with mail-in ballots in a contested November congressional race, despite numerous warnings from his son.

Harris, who outpaced Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in a contested race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, took the stand on Thursday in the fourth day of hearings in the election fraud case.

In sworn testimony, Harris said that he was assured by political operative – and convicted felon – Leslie McCrae Dowless that campaign workers would never collect absentee ballots, despite concerns from Harris’ son, John, that Dowless was illegally collecting and turning in ballots from voters.

“I shared with him (John Harris) again, based on what I was hearing, that I didn’t sense that,” Harris said, according to the Charlotte Observer.