Election Meddling Suspected After Putin's Surprise Win as Write-In Candidate in Disputed North Carolina Race

NORTH CAROLINA—Election fraud has been suspected in North Carolina's 9th congressional district as Russian president Vladimir Putin emerged victorious in the contest Friday.

Putin gave an acceptance speech in Congress, but some still allege the election may have been tampered with. They cite the fact that some of the ballots looked suspicious, as well as that Vladimir Putin is the president of Russia and wasn't even on the ballot. Those who support Putin have waved away these concerns, stating that "Putin rules, America drools."

"I assure you, this was 100% legitimate," Putin told reporters. "I got 154% of the vote, fair and square." Puzzled congresspeople claim they have no recourse, and as such must accept the Russian president into Congress.

"Let's not jump to conclusions. He's got the benefit of the doubt—innocent until proven guilty," President Trump said.

Barring any official appeal, Putin will assume office in January, splitting his time between the Kremlin and Capitol Hill.

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