- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The number of candidates for North Carolina’s congressional seats surged on the last day of election filings under new district boundaries.

The State Board of Elections counted 76 people filing for the 13 district seats by Friday’s noon deadline, including 17 Friday alone. That compares with 46 filing in December under old boundaries later replaced after a federal court struck down some lines.

The General Assembly redrew the map and delayed the March primary to June 7.

Notable Republican final-day filers include the Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte for the 9th District and state Rep. Julia Howard of Mocksville in the 13th. The 13th is essentially an open seat that attracted 22 candidates, including 17 Republicans.

Filing also ended with four people running for a state Supreme Court seat.

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