Charlotte pastor Mark Harris (R), who has run for both the US Senate and House, just announced that he will seek a Republican primary re-match with Rep. Bob Pittenger (R-Charlotte). When North Carolina was forced to re-draw its congressional map before the 2016 election, Rep. Pittenger found himself in a new 9th District with more than 60% new territory. Considering this and with his business under FBI investigation, the Congressman barely slipped passed Rev. Harris with a scant 134-vote margin. With the FBI dropping their activity without seeking charges and Pittenger being more familiar with the district, Mr. Harris’ chances of winning in 2018 appear to be lesser. This primary, however, will be a competitive battle.
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