9th Congressional District Race

Sen. Dan Bishop (left) and Dan McCready

After a hearing into possible election fraud in the 9th Congressional District race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready, the N.C. State Board of Elections called for a new race.

Harris dropped out of the new race after an operative who worked with his campaign was indicted on criminal charges. Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop chose to run for the seat. 

You can find all of our stories on the 9th Congressional District here. 

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WILMINGTON — A political operative at the center of a North Carolina absentee ballot fraud investigation made his first court appearance on Monday on federal charges related to campaign work.

North Carolina Absentee Ballot Rule Changes Get Final OKs

Oct 29, 2019
A silhouette of a voter casting a ballot.
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RALEIGH — North Carolina legislators finalized changes on Tuesday to beef up mail-in absentee ballot rules and punishments for violations after a voting fraud investigation of a congressional race led to a new election this year.

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North Carolina State Board of Elections

RALEIGH — Countering any voter anxieties about the integrity of the ballot box, North Carolina officials embarked Thursday on a public campaign to highlight current safeguards and strategies against interference entering the 2020 elections.


President Trump campaigned for Republican Dan Bishop on the night before Election Day in the 9th Congressional District race on Sept. 10.

Dan Bishop speaks during Tuesday's Republican 9th Congressional District forum.
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Dan Bishop is now a member of Congress.

Bishop, who won a special election against Democrat Dan McCready last week, was sworn into the U.S. House Tuesday afternoon.

Dan Bishop, second from left, talks with supporters while waiting on election returns.
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Jim Blaine, Dan Bishop’s chief strategist, decided not to focus on Mecklenburg and Union counties - even though they are home to more than 60% of the voters in the 9th Congressional District.


North Carolina’s seemingly endless 9th District congressional race is over.

Republican Dan Bishop won the special election last night by 2 percentage points over Democrat Dan McCready in a race that drew national attention as a possible preview to the 2020 election.


Voters headed to the polls today to decide who will represent North Carolina's 9th District in Congress. Bishop led by nearly 4,000 votes, according to preliminary results from the state Board of Elections.

President Trump is betting that his political brand will help Republicans keep hold of a U.S. House seat in North Carolina during a special election Tuesday.

"To stop the far left, you must vote in tomorrow's special election," Trump said at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, N.C., on Monday night. The rally was held for the Republican candidate running in the 9th Congressional District, state Sen. Dan Bishop.

Bishop promised the crowd, mostly decked out in Make America Great Again hats, that he would "defend your values in Washington, D.C."

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Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Republican State Sen. Dan Bishop Monday, a day before the special election for the 9th Congressional District.

Mecklenburg Board of Elections

When Republicans in the General Assembly redrew the 9th Congressional District two years ago, they counted on south Mecklenburg precincts delivering for the GOP.


Voters will head to the polls on Sept. 10 to decide who will represent North Carolina's 9th District in Congress. For Charlotte voters, it's also the primary for the partisan City Council race. Here are a few quick things to know before you head to the polls.


Thursday, September 5, 2019

The election of the Dans is underway and, in advance of Election Day, we talk to Democrat Dan McCready and Republican Dan Bishop running in the North Carolina 9th District.


During an hourlong debate Wednesday night, Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop talked about his record of passing legislation in Raleigh. But his opponent, Democrat Dan McCready, did not counter by mentioning the piece of legislation Bishop is most known for nationally: His sponsorship of House Bill 2.

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With less than two weeks until the 9th Congressional District special election, Donald Trump Jr. and Fox News panelist Kimberly Guilfoyle made a campaign appearance Wednesday in Monroe on behalf of Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop.


President Donald Trump will be traveling to Fayetteville for a campaign rally on Sept. 9, one day before a special election to fill a congressional seat that has been vacant all year.


Early voting starts Wednesday for the 9th U.S. House District redo and Charlotte City Council primaries.

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Evan McMullin is a former CIA officer who was chief policy director for former U.S. House speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan.

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N.C. General Assembly

State. Rep. David Lewis of Harnett County has amended a bill to stop political operatives from harvesting absentee mail ballot request forms.

Who Are The Big Donors In The 9th District Race?

Aug 2, 2019

As the 9th Congressional District special election enters the home stretch, Democrat Dan McCready has a large cash advantage over Republican Dan Bishop.