McCrory won’t run for 9th District US House seat

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McCrory talks HB 2 in Wrightsville Beach (Photo: Taylor Yakowenko/WWAY)

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Pat McCrory says he will not run for the North Carolina’s open 9th District US House seat.

The former North Carolina governor made the announcement this morning on WBT radio in Charlotte. Instead he said he is considering another run for governor or the US Senate.

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“I need the fire in the belly and my fire is to either run for Gov. or the US Senate or in the private sector,” McCrory said according to a tweet from WBT.



Sen. Richard Burr has said he will not run for another term in 2022. Sen. Thom Tillis is up for reelection in 2020. All three men are Republicans. McCrory could also run for governor next year against Democrat Roy Cooper, who defeated McCrory in 2016.

McCrory also said there are a lot of good candidates who can win the seat, according to WBT, and that he wants to know what’s been going on in Bladen County voting by both Republicans and Democrats for years. After his 2016 loss to Cooper, McCrory raised concerns about potential voter fraud in Bladen County. A state investigation was launched after an official protest by McCrae Dowless about alleged Democratic efforts to harvest absentee ballots.

Dowless, of course, is now at the center of the 9th District controversy accused of harvesting absentee ballots to help Republican Mark Harris get elected. Harris last week in the middle of a NC Board of Elections evidentiary hearing that there should be a new election. About an hour later, the board voted to do just that.

So far only Dan McCready, the Democrat who trailed Harris by 905 votes after November’s election, has said he will run in the redo of the race.