At long last, southern North Carolina voters will begin the process to filing the long-vacant 9th Congressional District. Ten Republicans are vying for their party’s nomination, which will be won tonight if the first-place finisher tonight exceeds 30% support. For the Democrats, no drama exists about tonight’s outcome. Businessman Dan McCready, who was the 2018 Democratic nominee, is unopposed in the special election and advances directly into the general. If no Republican run-off is required, the special general election will be September 10th. If the GOP advances to a secondary election, the run-off would then occupy the 9/10 date, with the general election moving to November 5th.
In November, Republican Mark Harris lead when all votes were counted. That outcome was quickly questioned when voter fraud accusations arose in a county, Bladen, near Fayetteville. As a result, the NC Board of Elections refused to certify Harris’ purported victory, and eventually decided to call a new election for the seat.
Mr. Harris chose not to run in the special election due to the post-election controversy and health problems. He has endorsed Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing. State Sen. Dan Bishop (R-Charlotte), author of the controversial “bathroom bill” relating to regulating transgender individuals’ restroom usage, is viewed as the leader going into today’s vote. The national Realtors PAC has committed $1.2 million in independent spending for their endorsed candidate, realtor Leigh Brown.
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