While winners of 2018 House races were being sworn into a new Congress in Washington on Thursday, Republican Mark Harris met with staff from the North Carolina state board of elections in Raleigh. Harris and two attorneys met with state board Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach and Chief Investigator Joan Fleming for nearly two hours Thursday morning, the board said in a news release. Earlier in the day, Harris filed a motion with the Wake County Superior Court urging the court to compel the board to certify his election. “It’s during this hour,” Harris said, “my 434 colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives will raise their hand and take the oath of office and be seated. I’m the one seat remaining of the 435 to be seated.”
During Thursday’s ceremonies at the U.S. House, North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District was one of two districts not represented in the vote for speaker. Both were North Carolina districts: Rep. Walter Jones, a Farmville Republican, missed the session due to illness.
“We believe that, again, that I should be certified,” Harris told reporters outside the board’s offices on Salisbury Street after his meeting with investigators. “We don’t believe that the number of ballots in question would change the outcome of this election.”