North Carolina state Sen. Dan Bishop (R) will face veteran and business executive Dan McCready (D) in September’s do-over election in North Carolina’s scandal-plagued 9th Congressional District, after last year’s results were thrown out amid allegations of election fraud.
Bishop, the lead sponsor of North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” bested nine other Republican candidates Tuesday in the race to replace 2018 nominee Mark Harris on the ballot, capturing 47 percent of the vote and avoiding a runoff.
McCready ran unopposed on the Democratic side.
McCready trailed Harris by 905 votes in last November’s election, but state election officials tossed out that result earlier this year in the face of voluminous evidence that it was tainted by an alleged ballot-tampering scheme that benefited Harris.
Under North Carolina election law, a primary candidate must capture more than 30 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.
Bishop’s 2016 “bathroom bill,” which was later repealed, required transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate rather than the gender with which they identify. Its enactment triggered a national outcry and a wave of boycotts that analysts say cost the state $3.7 billion.
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