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Friday Wrap: Who votes (part 3)?

Posted December 7, 2018 4:47 p.m. EST

— The 9th Congressional District investigation gets more involved by the day.

Democrat Dan McCready withdrew his concession on Thursday, as both Republicans and Democrats said it's becoming increasingly likely a new election will be needed to decide the race. Congressional Democrats, including the likely next U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said they have serious reservations about seating Republican Mark Harris if questions about the 9th District election remain.

Meanwhile, several Republican senators called for an independent investigation of the election, saying they don't trust the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement to handle it properly. They cited previous questions of absentee voting in Bladen County – the focus of the state board's investigation – that the board has ignored.

In the General Assembly, the Senate gave final approval to the rules needed to implement the state's new requirement that voters present photo identification at the polls. Gov. Roy Cooper has until Dec. 16 to sign or veto the legislation or allow it to become law without his signature.

The House also gave preliminary approval to a bill that would protect a fire station in southern Wake County from closure. The bill failed Wednesday on a 52-52 vote, but it was revived the following day and tweaked to get the support needed to pass.