Mark Harris

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country's last vacant congressional seat will stay that way for months after North Carolina's election board, hearing evidence of ballot fraud and testimony that the Republican ignored warning signs, ordered a new election.

GOP candidate Mark Harris gave up his fight Thursday to be declared winner of November's 9th congressional district race, saying serious public doubts about the contest's fairness revealed in testimony this week warrant a new election.

President Trump held a Make America Great Again rally at Charlotte’s Bojangles’ Coliseum Friday night – hours after the FBI arrested a Florida man for sending bombs to Democratic leaders and Trump critics.

Last week, the first debate between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready took place in the WBTV studios, in front of only moderators and cameramen. It was subdued, even polite.

But Wednesday night’s Spectrum News debate at McGlohon Theater in uptown Charlotte was before an audience that was probably 70 percent McCready fans. For Harris, it was a road game.

Jessa O'Connor/WFAE

A Republican North Carolina Congressional candidate’s views on women are again the focus of attention.  Former pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte Mark Harris is running for a Congressional seat against Democrat Dan McCready in what is shaping up to be a top target race for Democrats.  Last week, the political publication Roll Call interviewed Harris about past sermons in which he used his sermons to instruct women to submit to their husband

There was at least one big upset in North Carolina congressional primaries Tuesday: incumbent Robert Pittenger lost a close race to Republican Mark Harris, a challenger he beat by only 134 votes two years ago.

Challenger Mark Harris defeated incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger by a margin of 814 votes.

Mark Harris has become a familiar name on the Republican ballot in North Carolina. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014, losing to Thom Tillis. Two years ago, he lost to Robert Pittenger in the primary race for the 9th district in Congress by just 134 votes.

This year, Harris is back for another shot at Pittenger. Both say the circumstances are different and in their favor for next week’s primary.