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Candidates face off in GOP primary for NC congressional race

By The Associated Press
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans are deciding who should carry their party's banner in a high-profile special election Tuesday for a North Carolina congressional seat that has remained vacant since last year's election was deemed tainted by fraud.

The in-person balloting by Republican and unaffiliated voters in the 9th Congressional District follows two weeks of early voting to decide which of 10 GOP candidates will face Democrat Dan McCready.

The general election will be Sept. 10 if one of them collects more than 30 percent of the votes in Tuesday's primary. If no one tops that, the September date will be used for a runoff between the top two Republicans, and the general election will be Nov. 5.

The special election was required after the state elections board found last year's contest tainted when Republican Mark Harris used a political operative who improperly handled mail-in ballots. Harris, who narrowly led after November's votes were counted, opted not to run again. McCready is running unopposed.

The top candidates in the GOP primary include Harris' endorsed candidate, a former Democrat who helped defeat an incumbent Republican for state Supreme Court last year, and a state legislator who sponsored legislation in 2016 voiding anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people.

State Sen. Dan Bishop, who in 2016 sponsored the so-called bathroom bill, raised the most in campaign contributions, seeded with $250,000 from the Charlotte attorney's own bank account.

Real estate agent Leigh Brown was backed by more than $1 million from a national political action committee representing Realtors.

Chris Anglin, the former Democrat, was barred from GOP debates and failed in a lawsuit to force the state Republican Party to share internal data with him.

Harris endorsed Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing. He said he was named for a Flintstones cartoon character, and produced an ad in which he donned rubber boots and wrapped a snake around his neck to underline his promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington.

Bucking the Republican Party was a big theme throughout the GOP primary, with candidates calling party leaders in Washington and Raleigh spineless or corrupt.

Matthew Ridenhour, a former county commissioner and Marine who lives in Charlotte, said he refused to pay heed when party authorities urged him to stay out of the race.

"It's our time. It's time for all the people who are sick of the same old, same old establishment smoke-and-mirrors game. And we as the American people feel like we're getting played. That's who I am," he said during a GOP debate last week.

The GOP's brand has suffered in the wake of the much-publicized investigation into Harris' campaign, followed last month by federal charges accusing the state party's chairman of working with a big-money donor to try bribing North Carolina's top insurance regulator.

"Folks actually do bring this up," Ridenhour said. "What's going on with the GOP? What happened to your GOP chairman? What's going on there with these donors? Are you involved in that? Did you take any money from that donor? I did not. But that's a question that comes up often."

Restaurant owner Julie Pressley, 47, of Indian Trail, stopped into her business Tuesday to check on preparations for Rushing's election-night party, then headed to the polls to vote for the candidate she said she's known since high school. Rushing and Pressley's husband serve together on the Union County commission, its executive board. Pressley said that's allowed her to know that Rushing recognizes he represents people who don't support him as much as those who do.

"We've seen what he stands for as far as the people, what's best for all the people, not just certain kinds. Whether it be rich people, poor people, whatever, he cares greatly," said Pressley, who shares Rushing's low-tax, anti-abortion values. "He's very concerned about everybody, whether they like him or not. He wants to do what's best for 'em."

Mitchell Eudy, 60, of Monroe, said he voted for Dan Bishop in part because he dislikes Rushing. A couple of friends who know Bishop recommended him, said Eudy, who sees the candidate as the most likely to beat McCready.

"I think he will have a broader appeal for the entire population of the 9th District," Eudy said.

Candidates have differentiated themselves by focusing on their personal narratives but have been largely unanimous in support for President Donald Trump and gun rights, and opposition to abortion and left-wing Democrats they contend are vanguards of socialism.

Half the candidates live outside the 9th district, which is allowed. But Ridenhour and others have dismissed that as opportunism.

The congressional district stretches from suburban Charlotte to suburban Fayetteville along the South Carolina border. It has been in GOP hands since 1963. Trump won it by 12 percentage points in 2016.

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