Robert Pittenger

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Ninth district Congressman Robert Pittenger wants an apology from Mark Harris before endorsing him in the general election.

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

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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.

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Congressman Robert Pittenger has introduced legislation to defund sanctuary cities and use that money to fund the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

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Vice President Mike Pence will be in Charlotte Friday afternoon, promoting tax cuts signed into law by President Trump in December.

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As the debate over tariffs on Chinese products and a potential trade war intensifies, there’s another battle emerging.

It concerns a multi-governmental agency called CFIUS - the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. CFIUS reviews foreign purchases of American companies to make sure they don’t jeopardize national security.

But a bipartisan group in the U.S. House and Senate says the committee needs expanded powers. In the House, North Carolina Congressman Robert Pittenger is leading an effort to overhaul CFIUS.

File photo from Sept. 22, 2016
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Vice President Mike Pence will visit Charlotte on April 20, according to a statement released by Congressman Robert Pittenger's office. 

Sen. Thom Tillis spoke during debate on the budget agreement Thursday.
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Members of Congress from the Carolinas were divided, mostly along party lines, when they voted early Friday on a 2-year federal budget agreement. The bill was signed into law by President Trump.  

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.

The Justice Department has closed a two-year investigation into U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger without filing charges. The department had been looking into whether Pittenger improperly transferred money to his 2012 campaign from his former real estate business.

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