- Associated Press - Friday, March 15, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on a new election in the unresolved North Carolina congressional race (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Republicans are heading for a lively faceoff to decide who’ll represent the GOP in a new North Carolina congressional election mandated after a ballot-rigging scandal blocked the former Republican candidate’s narrow November win.

Ten Republicans filed by Friday’s deadline to run in the 9th Congressional District primary in May. Democrat Dan McCready drew no primary challenger.

The Republican candidates include the state senator who sponsored a 2016 state law limiting LGBT rights and the anointed choice of last year’s GOP candidate.

Also filing was a Raleigh attorney who was a registered Democrat until shortly before he entered last year’s race for a state Supreme Court seat as a Republican.

If none of the Republicans win more than 30 percent of the votes in May, a GOP runoff primary would be Sept. 10.

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7:15 a.m.

A conservative soldier in the nation’s culture wars leads the Republican field for a new North Carolina congressional election, needed because of earlier ballot misdeeds.

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

A new election was 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.

Among the Republicans, state Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte is thought to have the deepest pockets. He sponsored HB2, the 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.

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