North Carolina Pastor Suspected Of Election Fraud Will Not Run Again

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North Carolina Republican Mark Harris will not run in the state's new election for the state's 9th District.

Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris announced on Tuesday that he will not run again in North Carolina’s 9th district, after a new election was ordered in light of absentee ballot fraud in 2018.

According to The Hill, the pastor-turned-politician cited health reasons.

“Given my health situation, the need to regain full strength and the timing of this surgery the last week of March, I have decided not to file in the new election for Congressional District 9,” he said in a statement.

Harris has endorsed Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing.

Last year, Harris’ election was contested due to accusations of ballot tampering, after which an investigation culminated in calls for a new election.

At a North Carolina State Board of Elections hearing last week — following testimony his own son that he had warned his father about potential ballot fraud — Harris asked for a new election due to widespread feelings about the illegitimate nature of the last election.

“I believe a new election should be called,” Harris said. “It’s become clear to me that public confidence in the 9th District has been undermined to an extent that a new election is warranted.”

The Board of Elections voted unanimously for a new election.