It’s down to the wire in two special North Carolina congressional elections, including a nationally watched contest featuring an environmental champion.
Special elections for two vacant congressional seats wrap up tomorrow (Tuesday, September 10) in North Carolina’s Third and Ninth Congressional Districts. The Ninth District contest has drawn particular nationwide interest.
The Ninth is the nation’s last undecided congressional contest from 2018. Marine veteran and solar energy entrepreneur Dan McCready carries the Democratic flag into a showdown with state Sen. Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg). McCready is endorsed by the national League of Conservation Voters, and supported by other environmental political groups. Bishop is the Republican substitute candidate, having won a primary to take the place of previous nominee Mark Harris.
Harris declined to run again in this do-ever election. The State Board of Elections (SBE) invalidated Harris’ narrow edge over McCready after the initial ballot count, determining that absentee ballot fraud on behalf of Harris’ campaign likely affected the results. The Ninth District stretches along the state’s southern border, from parts of Charlotte in the west to parts of Fayetteville and the inner coastal plain in the east.
Over in the Third District, which covers much of the North Carolina coast, the contest is to serve out the unexpired term of the late Rep. Walter Jones Jr. In that race, Democratic former Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas takes on state Rep. Greg Murphy (R-Pitt).
If you or friends or family live in either district, please remind them to get out and vote with the environment in mind! Click here to find out where to vote. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.