North Carolina Hopefuls Sign Up for Open Congressional Seat

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -
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Democratic candidate Dan McCready at a Habitat for Humanity building event in Charlotte, N.C., last September. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

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.