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Polling station in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

North Carolina's board of elections voted 7-2 Friday to continue investigating allegations of possible fraud involving absentee ballots in the state's 9th district congressional race, in which Republican Mark Harris beat Democrat Dan McCready by just 905 votes, the Washington Post reports.

What's happening: In Bladen County, 19% of absentee ballots were requested by registered Republicans and 39% by unaffiliated voters, per the Charlotte Observer. Yet Harris, who lost the absentee ballot count by a lopsided margin in seven of the eight counties in the 9th district, won 61% of absentee ballots. A number of voters have submitted sworn affidavits to the election board claiming irregularities, including multiple accounts of a woman coming to their house and telling them she was collecting absentee ballots.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attend a joint session of Congress. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has abandoned his demand that Democrats state, in writing, that they would not abandon the legislative filibuster.

Between the lines: McConnell was never going to agree to a 50-50 power sharing deal without putting up a fight over keeping the 60-vote threshold. But the minority leader ultimately caved after it became clear that delaying the organizing resolution was no longer feasible.

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Scoop: Google won't donate to members of Congress who voted against election results

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Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.

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Minority Mitch still setting Senate agenda

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Why it matters: McConnell rolled over Democrats unapologetically, and kept tight control over his fellow Republicans, while in the majority. But he's showing equal skill as minority leader, using political jiujitsu to convert a perceived weakness into strength.