ROCKINGHAM - Two high-profile state Democrats have several questions they’d like Mark Harris to answer regarding the alleged Bladen County ballot harvesting in the 9th Congressional District race.

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ROCKINGHAM — Mark Harris says he was unaware of any wrongdoing and is cooperating with an investigation that’s holding up his certification as the next representative for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

Harris broke his week-long silence in a video statement Friday afternoon.

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ROCKINGHAM — Democrat Dan McCready has withdrawn his concession in the 9th Congressional District race amid allegations of voting irregularities in Bladen County during last month’s election.

McCready took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to announce his decision.

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Unless you live under a rock (and probably even if you do), you've noticed the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States, on Nov. 30, at age 94.

You've probably also suffered through multiple personal remembrances of the man and his presidency — some positive, some negative, some mixed. Mine, which you may read below if you're not already worn out on the topic, is of the latter variety.

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ROCKINGHAM — The race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District has officially come to an end.

Democrat Dan McCready conceded to Republican Mark Harris late Wednesday afternoon, following a tight election that left McCready fewer than 2,000 votes behind.

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ROCKINGHAM — Despite only carrying two of the eight counties in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, former pastor Mark Harris came out on top in Tuesday’s mid-term election.

It was after 1 a.m. before the N.C. State Board of Elections showed all 210 precincts reporting, with Harris defeating Democratic opponent Dan McCready by fewer than 2,000 votes.

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ROCKINGHAM — More than 100 Richmond County voters have switched party their party affiliation within the past two months, as more continue to shed partisan labels.

Statistics from the Richmond County Board of Elections show 133 registered voters changed parties from Sept. 1 to Oct. 15.

Democrats, who make up the majority of voters, lost 93 to other affiliations, but picked up 11. Two Democrats became Libertarians, 22 are now Republicans and 69 are now unaffiliated.

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ROCKINGHAM — Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee shook hundreds of hands Wednesday in the first of four stops campaigning for House hopeful Mark Harris.

A large crowd of conservatives, including local pastors and politicians, awaited the Republican heavyweight’s arrival in the parking lot of the Richmond County Cooperative Extension office, which is serving as an early voting site.

Huckabee took the time to pose for photos — including a selfie with Hamlet City Manager Jonathan Blanton — sign autographs and briefly speak with those in attendance.

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ROCKINGHAM — One congressional candidate has some heavy hitters stumping for him on the campaign trail.

Former Arkansas governor and two-time presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee will be making several stops throughout the 9th Congressional District on Wednesday, including in Richmond County, encouraging voters to choose Republican Mark Harris.

He is scheduled to be at the early voting location, the Cooperative Extension office on Caroline Street, around 1:45 p.m., before heading west for appearances in Anson and Union counties later in the afternoon.

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ROCKINGHAM-- Nine candidates for four offices had a chance to mingle with voters and discuss their platforms Tuesday evening at Richmond Young Professionals’ Pints and Politics event.

Although not every candidate had an opponent present, they were still allowed to take questions from the audience.

The coverage of the forum is split into three parts: U.S. House of Representatives race; N.C. Senate and House of Representatives; Richmond County Board of Commissioners.

Congressional Seat a Pivotal Race

North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District race has become one of the most-watched contests in the nation, especially following Rep. Robert Pittenger’s defeat in the Republican primary by former Charlotte pastor Mark Harris.

Democrats are hoping to flip that seat with their young challenger, retired Marine Dan McCready.

A recent New York Times poll shows Harris leading McCready 47 percent to 42 percent, with 11 percent undecided.

Some of those undecided voters could swing toward Libertarian Jeff Scott, who wasn’t included in the poll, but was present at Tuesday’s forum.

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