9th Congressional District Race

Republican Mark Harris, left, and Democrat Dan McCready.
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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 has called for a new race.

Unofficial results in the November general election showed Harris won the race by a slim margin of 905 votes, but irregularities with absentee mail-in ballots from Bladen and Robeson counties prompted an investigation by the elections board.

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


In an interview on WFAE's Morning Edition last week, Democrat Dan McCready said his opponent in the 9th Congressional District, Republican Dan Bishop, is a "career politician."

Dan Bishop / Dan Bishop for Congress

In an interview with WFAE's Morning Edition last week, Mecklenburg State Sen. Dan Bishop was asked about an Associated Press analysis from 2017 that projected North Carolina would lose $3.7 billion in business over the next 12 years because of House Bill 2.

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For the second time within a year, Dan McCready is running a general election campaign to represent North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District. The Democratic candidate spoke with WFAE’s Morning Edition. He said there needs to be bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform that includes more border security - physical and technological barriers.

Dan Bishop holds a news conference in front of opponent Dan McCready's office, May 15, 2019.
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The general election campaign for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District is on. In his first general election TV commercial Bishop says he is pro-gun, and said he doesn’t think gun control is the answer to reducing gun violence. In an interview with WFAE Morning Edition host Lisa Worf, he said solving mental health issues and building stronger families are important.

Michael Bitzer
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Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer joined WFAE's Morning Edition to discuss Dan Bishop's victory in the 9th Congressional District Republican primary, and look ahead to the general election in September against Democrat Dan McCready. Turnout was roughly 10 percent for Tuesday's special election, but Bitzer says that doesn't mean there will be a lack of enthusiasm in September.

Steve Harrison / WFAE

Mecklenburg State Sen. Dan Bishop easily won the Republican primary for the 9th Congressional District Tuesday, setting up a September general election fight against Democrat Dan McCready.

Stony Rushing addresses the Mecklenburg Evening Women's Republican Club.
David Boraks / WFAE

Election Day for the Republican primary and the seemingly endless 9th Congressional District election is May 14 and early voting in Mecklenburg County ends Friday. Tonight, candidates will have their final debate in Monroe.

Chris Anglin is one of 10 candidates running in the May 14th Republican primary for the 9th Congressional District. The GOP is refusing to work with him.
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Wake County Judge Paul Ridgeway has declined Chris Anglin’s request for a temporary restraining order that would have forced the North Carolina Republican Party to share voter data with him. 

A candidate for the Republican nomination in the still-vacant 9th Congressional District seat is suing the GOP after being barred from debates and access to internal party data. Republicans call him a Democratic plant.

Candidate Chris Anglin of Raleigh said Monday he wants a state court to force the state GOP to give him access to benefits provided nine others in the 9th district field.

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Mecklenburg State Senator Dan Bishop has been the first candidate to air TV commercials in the Republican primary for the 9th Congressional District, and he’s received numerous endorsements throughout the eight-county district. 


Only Republican candidates will be on the ballot for the primary, which takes place May 14. Candidates for the Democratic, Libertarian and Green parties are already set. Early voting allows eligible voters to cast ballots in person prior to election day.

Dan Bishop speaks during Tuesday's Republican 9th Congressional District forum.
David Boraks / WFAE

Early voting begins next Wednesday, April 24, in the Republican primary for the 9th Congressional District seat. The seat remains unfilled after state elections officials invalidated last November's results because of absentee ballot fraud. Mark Harris, the Republican who led unofficial results in that race, isn't running. But 10 other Republicans are - and eight showed up at a candidate forum Tuesday in south Charlotte.

Democrat Dan McCready said Tuesday he's raised over $1.6 million for his 9th Congressional District campaign. McCready is the only Democratic candidate running in the special election for the seat in a district that spans from south Charlotte to Lumberton.

The North Carolina Board of Elections is navigating some constantly changing terrain right now. There's a handful of special elections, lawsuits over photo ID and redistricting, a justice department subpoena, and election security. On top of all that, there's ballot fraud in the 9th Congressional District. Charlotte attorney Bob Cordle was appointed to the board in December and then again in January, when the makeup of up it changed due to court order. He's now the board's chairman. He talked with WFAE's Lisa Worf.


The ballot is set for a new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. The race includes a crowded field of candidates in the Republican primary, which will be held just over eight weeks from now.

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Mecklenburg State Sen. Dan Bishop - the last Republican in the county's legislative delegation - has filed to run in the special election in the 9th Congressional District.

Steve Harrison / WFAE

Stony Rushing got a quick surge of recognition soon after Mark Harris endorsed him in the 9th Congressional District special election. Not from the endorsement, but from a costume.

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The U.S. Justice Department issued a subpoena last week to the North Carolina Board of Elections, asking for "all documents related to the investigation of election irregularities" in the 9th Congressional District investigation.

The March 6 subpoena said the Justice Department will be convening a grand jury April 16-18 in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Unresolved 2018 Issues Keeping NC Board Of Elections Busy

Mar 10, 2019

The clock has started on special elections in the state's 3rd and 9th congressional districts as long anticipated arrests continue in the investigation of corruption and election fraud in Bladen County.

The News & Observer

North Carolina Board of Elections Executive Director Kim Strach and her chief investigator on Tuesday gave Wake County's district attorney documents and information from the state's probe of absentee mail fraud in Bladen and Robeson counties from the November election, a elections board spokesperson said.