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North Carolina Democrat Dan McCready. Photo: Screenshot from WSOC-TV

North Carolina Democrat Dan McCready told local news station WSOC-TV on Thursday that he has withdrawn his concession to Republican opponent Mark Harris, whose campaign is facing mounting allegations of “concerted” electoral fraud with absentee mail-in ballots.

Why it matters: This comes as an ongoing investigation has increased the possibility that a new contest could be called by the North Carolina Board of Elections, which had refused to certify results for the 9th congressional district race last month. According to unofficial results, Harris currently holds a 905-vote lead over McCready.

Go deeper: North Carolina House race in doubt over claims of electoral fraud

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Supreme Court rejects second GOP effort to cut absentee ballot deadline in N.C.

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The Supreme Court, for the second time in two days, rejected a GOP request to shorten the deadline mail-in ballots must be received by North Carolina officials to be counted.

The state of play: The state's deadline had been extended from 3 days to 9 days post-Election Day.

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  4. Sports: Boston Marathon delayed MLB to investigate Dodgers player who joined celebration after positive COVID test.