Republican Mark Harris speaks to the media during a news conference in Matthews, N.C., Nov. 7, 2018.
Republican Mark Harris speaks to the media during a news conference in Matthews, N.C., Nov. 7, 2018.

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Republican in the nation's last undecided congressional race is asking a North Carolina court to require that he be declared the winner because the now-defunct state elections board didn't act.

A lawsuit Mark Harris filed Thursday claims the disbanded elections board had been declared unconstitutional, so its investigation into alleged ballot fraud by an operative hired by the Harris campaign was invalid.

Republican Mark Harris speaks to the media during a news conference in Matthews, N.C., Nov. 7, 2018.
Dems Won't Seat Candidate in Unresolved Race
The dissolution of North Carolina’s elections board Friday injected further uncertainty into a still-undecided congressional race as a U.S. House Democratic leader rejected the idea of filling the seat until an investigation of ballot fraud allegations is complete. Gov. Roy Cooper was met with Republican resistance after announcing he would appoint an interim Board of Elections after a three-judge state court panel ruled Thursday that the current board should disband at noon Friday. The Democrat’s…

The elections board was dissolved on Friday by state judges who in October declared its form unconstitutional but allowed investigations to continue. A revamped board takes effect Jan. 31.
Harris asks a trial-court judge to order the state elections director to certify the Republican as the winner.
 
Harris was being interviewed by state investigators Thursday, as all other U.S. House winners are sworn into office in Washington.