© 2020 WFAE
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Politics

Mark Harris Fighting Health Scare

mark_harris_1.png
Mark Harris for Congress

The Republican candidate in the nation's last undecided congressional election says he's in the hospital recovering from infections attacking his internal organs.

Mark Harris said in a Facebook statement Friday that what he called "a relatively uncommon form of strep bacteria" infected his bloodstream and liver. Campaign spokesman Jason Williams confirmed the post's authenticity but refused to say where Harris is being treated.

Harris said he was stricken more than a week ago with what seemed like bronchitis. He says he's improving with rest and fluids.

A reconstituted state elections board is expected to hold a hearing next month into whether Harris narrowly won the 9th Congressional District race in November over Democrat Dan McCready. Officials are investigating allegations that a worker for Harris' campaign committed fraud involving mail-in ballots.

Go behind the headlines with WFAE political reporter Steve Harrison in his weekly newsletter "Inside Politics." Subscribe here.