Why does election fraud happen? Because it works, of course. Usually, it works because it’s undetected, and the candidate who commits the fraud, or on whose behalf it is committed, wins.

The results of a special election in North Carolina’s 9th district Tuesday are more peculiar. In a tight election, Republican Dan Bishop, a state senator, beat Democrat Dan McCready by roughly 4,000 votes, far wider than the 905-vote margin for Republican Mark Harris in unofficial results last year. (In a separate special election Tuesday in the state’s 3rd district, along the East Coast, to replace the late Representative Walter Jones, Republican Greg Murphy won as expected.)

After an alleged massive election-fraud ring working on Harris’s behalf was uncovered last fall, he was forced to withdraw from the contest in disgrace, and the state board of elections ordered a new election. Though it’s impossible to know whether Democratic Dan McCready would have won a fair contest in 2018, the fraud-caused postponement past the peak of 2018’s blue wave may have allowed Republicans to hold the hotly contested seat anyway.

[David A. Graham: There’s no such thing as a do-over election.]

The 9th district race was, as I reported last week, both an encore to 2018 and a curtain-raiser for 2020. McCready, a Marine and solar-energy entrepreneur, ran as a moderate problem-solver with a local focus, emphasizing reducing out-of-pocket health-care costs and improving public schools. This was a message that worked for many Democrats in similar districts in 2018, but McCready had the misfortune of running in a new political moment. Bishop, the guiding force behind North Carolina’s controversial 2016 “bathroom bill,” sought to nationalize the race by tying himself to Trump. Bishop wagered that anger against the president wouldn’t be as potent a force as 10 months ago, and that …read more

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