Filing deadline looms in open N Carolina congressional seat
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Filing deadline looms in open N Carolina congressional seat

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2018 file photo, N.C. Sen. Dan Bishop speaks during a joint N.C. House-Senate committee meeting on judicial reform and redistricting held at the Legislative Office Building in downtown Raleigh, N.C. Bishop of Charlotte filed on Thursday, March 14, 2019 to run in the 9th Congressional District re-do election. He faces at least two others in May's Republican primary. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. — A conservative soldier in the country’s culture wars heads the Republican field as a deadline nears for a new North Carolina congressional election needed because of earlier ballot misdeeds.

Three candidates had entered the Republican primary in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district ahead of Friday’s deadline.

New elections were ordered after evidence that a political operative working for GOP candidate Mark Harris collected and potentially altered mail-in ballots last year. Harris’ seemingly narrow victory over Democrat Dan McCready in November was scrapped.

Harris isn’t running again. McCready is.

Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte is thought to have the deepest pockets. He sponsored of a 2016 state law limiting LGBT rights that prompted businesses, entertainers and others to boycott the state.

Harris backs Stony Rushing, who is staunchly anti-abortion.

Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press

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