Winner of House primary in North Carolina linked to 2018 ballot fraud scandal is Republican

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Mark Harris, a North Carolina pastor, clinches Republican nomination for the state’s 8th Congressional District, paving his way to likely victory in the deeply conservative area, following a contentious primary election. This win marks a significant turnaround for Harris, who faced ballot fraud allegations in a previous House election, leading to the overturning of his apparent victory.

After securing over 30% of the vote in the crowded GOP primary field on March 5, Harris emerged as the clear frontrunner, eliminating the need for a runoff. With the North Carolina State Board of Elections finalizing the results, Harris is set to become the Republican candidate for the fall general election.

Expressing gratitude for the support received, Harris took to social media to thank his backers, emphasizing their steadfastness throughout the years. His Democratic opponent in the upcoming general election, Justin Dues, poses a challenge in a district historically dominated by conservative politics, where former President Donald Trump won by a significant margin in 2020.

This victory marks Harris’s fourth attempt at securing a congressional seat, following unsuccessful bids in previous years. However, his 2018 campaign attracted national attention due to allegations of absentee ballot tampering, involving a consultant linked to his campaign. Despite initially being declared the winner, the state Board of Elections halted certification due to the controversy, leading to calls for a new election. Harris opted out of the subsequent 2019 re-election, which saw victory for incumbent Dan Bishop.

During this year’s primary, Harris faced scrutiny and attacks from opponents over the ballot fraud scandal. However, he adopted a narrative reminiscent of former President Trump, alleging electoral malpractice akin to what he claimed occurred in the 2020 presidential race.

As Harris embarks on his bid for Congress once again, his victory serves as a testament to his resilience in the face of adversity and his ability to rally support among conservative voters in North Carolina. With his sights set on Washington, Harris aims to represent his constituents and advance his agenda in the halls of power.

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