9th District

New ads target Republican Mark Harris, who beat U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger the May primary.
Mark Harris for Congress

A national Democratic group is spending more money in the 9th Congressional District election, hoping Democrats can wrest the seat from Republicans this November. 

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Challenger Mark Harris defeated incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger by a margin of 814 votes.

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It's an off-year election in Mecklenburg County - with no big races on the ballot like president or governor. But among the races that are up for a vote, there appears to be more interest - at least judging by higher turnout in early voting. 

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Mark Harris has become a familiar name on the Republican ballot in North Carolina. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014, losing to Thom Tillis. Two years ago, he lost to Robert Pittenger in the primary race for the 9th district in Congress by just 134 votes.

This year, Harris is back for another shot at Pittenger. Both say the circumstances are different and in their favor for next week’s primary.

Democrat Dan McCready surrounded by family and supporters as he prepares to file to run for the 9th District Congressional seat
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North Carolina candidates began filing Monday to run for Congress, the state legislature, district attorney and county positions. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections was packed with candidates and their supporters before the start of filing at noon.

New ads target Republican Mark Harris, who beat U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger the May primary.
Mark Harris for Congress

The Rev. Mark Harris, longtime pastor of Charlotte's First Baptist Church, is again running for the congressional seat where he almost upset incumbent Republican Robert Pittenger last year.

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Congresswoman Sue Myrick retires next month, after nine terms representing North Carolina’s 9th congressional district. Myrick cruised into Washington during the historic Republican sweep of the 1994 midterm elections. She offered a reliably conservative voice in Congress, and didn’t ‘hold back’ on the issues she felt most passionately about.   WFAE’s Mark Rumsey has this profile of Myrick’s congressional career:

The Charlotte area was busy with congressional debates this week. In the 8th district, incumbent Democratic Congress Larry Kissell faced with his Republican challenger, Richard Husdon.

And in the 9th District, Republican Rich Pittenger and Democrat Jennifer Roberts debated at a Charlotte Chamber of Commerce event. They are running to replace retiring 9th District Republican Congresswoman Sue Myric.

Our political blogger, Michael Bitzer, analyzed the races and the debates with WFAE’s Michael Tomsic and Duncan McFadyen. Here’s a transcript of their conversation:

Michael Tomsic

The two candidates who aim to represent North Carolina’s 9th District Congressional seat held their first debate Wednesday. Republican Robert Pittenger and Democrat Jennifer Roberts are running to fill the open seat created by the retirement of Republican Sue Myrick.

Pittenger is a former three-term state senator, and Roberts is finishing her fourth term as a Mecklenburg County Commissioner. A small crowd turned out at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce to watch the debate.