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North Carolina hopefuls sign up for open congressional seat

March 11, 2019
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo, Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th Congressional race, prepares to testify during the fourth day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina’s elections board is expected to decide Monday, March 4 when to hold new party primaries and the general election for the 9th congressional district, where a seat still remains vacant after November’s result was tainted by ballot fraud concerns. Democrat Dan McCready is running again in the new election. Harris will not. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool, File)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Candidates are signing up to run for a North Carolina congressional seat after November’s election was deemed tainted and needed a do-over.

Candidate filing for the 9th Congressional District runs Monday through Friday.

First into the race was Republican Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing, the candidate backed by 2018 GOP candidate Mark Harris.

Harris opted not to run after witnesses testified at a hearing that a political operative working for him in rural Bladen County collected mail-in ballots, making votes vulnerable to tampering.

Democrat Dan McCready ran last year and says he’ll run again.

Political parties hold their primary elections May 14. The general election is scheduled for Sept. 10. That date could be used for a primary runoff if candidates don’t receive more than 30 percent of the votes.