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9th District early voting underway

April 24th, 2019

— Early voting starts Wednesday in the 9th Congressional District’s Republican primary.

A new election was called after Republican Mark Harris, who won the nomination last year and seemed to best Democrat Dan McCready in November’s general election, acknowledged the need for a do-over following revelations that his operative in Bladen County likely paid people to illegally collect absentee ballots.

Ten Republicans are on the ballot:

  • Chris Anglin, a Raleigh lawyer who ran for state Supreme Court last fall
  • State Sen. Dan Bishop, R-Mecklenburg, who is best known for sponsoring House Bill 2, the since-repealed state law limiting transgender rights
  • Kathie Day, a real estate agent from Mecklenburg County
  • Gary Dunn, a Mecklenburg County businessman who has run for governor as both a Republican and a Democrat and who lost the 2017 GOP primary for Charlotte mayor
  • Stevie Rivenbark Hull, a Fayetteville businesswoman
  • Matthew Ridenhour, a former Mecklenburg County commissioner
  • Stony Rushing, a Union County commissioner who has been endorsed by Harris
  • Fern Shubert of Union County, a former state senator and gubernatorial candidate
  • Leigh Thomas Brown, a real estate agent and motivational speaker from Mecklenburg County who lost a 2014 primary for a state House seat
  • Albert Wiley Jr., a physician from Salter Path who has run for Congress several times since the mid-1980s

Harris declined to run again.

McCready is the only Democrat in the race, which also features one Green Party candidate and one Libertarian. So, there won’t be primaries for those parties.

9th Congressional District map

Registered Republicans and unaffiliated voters may participate in the GOP primary. Those registered with other parties may not.

In-person early voting runs until May 10. Election Day is May 14.

The 9th District includes all or parts of Anson, Bladen, Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland and Union counties. A list of early voting locations is available online from the State Board of Elections.

If none of the 10 Republican candidates gets at least 30 percent of the vote, a runoff will be held Sept. 10. If a runoff isn’t needed, the general election will be that day instead. If there’s a runoff, the general election will be Nov. 5.

Voters can check their registration information online.

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