Bill requires 9th District primaries if there’s new election

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Voting Ballot (Photo: MGN Online)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans aim to pass a law making clear new primary races also would be held for an unsettled congressional race next year if the state elections board orders a new election.

GOP legislators unveiled Tuesday a proposal that also keeps the current board in place to investigate absentee ballot irregularities in the 9th Congressional District until the probe finishes. The nine-member board would otherwise cease to exist as of Wednesday because of litigation unrelated to the 9th District.

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Unofficial results show Republican Mark Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes.

State law directs primaries be held when there’s a U.S. House vacancy. State Rep. David Lewis says holding new primaries makes sense because it appears absentee ballots were an issue during last May’s primaries in the district.