CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-area Republican leaders are now plotting their strategy following the North Carolina’s Board of Elections decision to have a new election in the 9th congressional district.  

 The decision followed four days of testimony outlining an alleged absentee ballot scheme in Bladen and Robeson counties benefitting Mark Harris.

On WCNC’s Flashpoint, Union County GOP chair Dan Barry said, in retrospect, the party was wrong to push for certification of the race before the evidence came out.

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“Your party called for Mark Harris to be seated.  Were you wrong?” asked moderator Ben Thompson.

"Obviously, given the evidence that came out, that would be the case," Barry responded.

Barry said it’s too premature to consider possible candidates to run in the special election.

“My prayers are going out to Mark and his family and what they're going through. And I think we have to wait for the dust to settle,” he said.

Barry added that state leaders should now look at reforming the absentee ballot system.