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Charlotte Talks: Mark Harris And Dan McCready Discuss Tight Race For 9th District

Wendy Herkey and Erin Keever / WFAE

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready are locked in a tight race that could determine control of the House. With three weeks to go until the midterm, Mike Collins talks with the two candidates in one of the most closely-watched races in the country.

When voters head to the midterm ballot box in just over three weeks, national political observers will be watching a pair of North Carolina congressional races: the 13th District, where first-term Republican Ted Budd faces a strong challenge from Democrat Kathy Manning, and the 9th District, which pits Republican Mark Harris against Democrat Dan McCready.

Both races are among the few dozen the Cook Political Report recently listed as tossups.

Harris, the former pastor of Charlotte's First Baptist Church, is hoping the evangelical vote and his support for President Trump will keep the district in the Republican column. McCready, a Marine who served in Iraq, has staked himself as a centrist Democrat.

The outcome of the 9th District race could determine whether a "blue wave" lifts Democrats into power in the House, or if Republicans weather the controversies coming out of the Trump White House.

This past week, Mike Collins sat down with the two candidates individually to find out their reasons for wanting to join Congress, and to answer your questions.


Credit Chris Miller
The 9th District stretches from southeast Charlotte to Fayetteville.

Mark Harris, Republican nominee, North Carolina 9th Congressional District (@MarkHarrisNC9)

Dan McCready, Democratic nominee, North Carolina 9th Congressional District (@McCreadyforNC)


Republican Mark Harris discusses his upset win in the GOP primary, President Trump and the economy, among other topics.
Democrat Dan McCready discusses bipartisanship, the economy and how a possible Democratic Congress would handle President Trump.


Early voting in North Carolina begins Wednesday, Oct. 17. To find an early voting location or to check your registration, click here for the state Board of Elections.