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North Carolina to hold congressional primary after race tainted by fraud

FILE PHOTO: Mark Harris, Republican candidate from North Carolina's 9th Congressional district speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump and Ted Budd, Republican candidate from North Carolina's 13th district look on during a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., October 26, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RC13A3C18D60

North Carolina voters on Tuesday will start the process of picking a new Republican candidate for Congress after state officials ordered a rerun of a November 2018 race marred by an absentee-ballot fraud scheme.

Ten Republican candidates and one Democrat are vying for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that has remained unfilled since an investigation found that a Republican political operative ran a scheme in which volunteers improperly collected, and sometimes filled in, absentee ballots.

The months-long scandal became an embarrassment to President Donald Trump’s Republican Party, which has accused Democrats without proof of encouraging voter fraud in races such as the 2016 presidential election.

Democrat Dan McCready appeared to lose to Republican Mark Harris by a slim margin before state officials said the election had been tainted. McCready is the sole Democrat contesting the re-run race; Harris is not running.

The Republican candidates on Tuesday’s ballot are state Senator Dan Bishop, Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing, former state Senator and Representative Fern Shubert; as well as Matthew Ridenhour, a former county commissioner, Chris Anglin, a Raleigh-based attorney, Leigh Brown, a realtor, Gary Dunn, Stevie Hull, Albert Lee Wiley Jr. and Kathie Day.


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