New District 9 election ordered


RALEIGH (AP) — The state Board of Elections has ordered a new election in the nation’s last undecided congressional race after reviewing evidence that it was tainted by absentee ballot fraud.

The board members voted 5-0 on Thursday to hold a new election in the 9th Congressional District. The board did not immediately set a schedule.

Unofficial results from the Nov. 6 general election showed Republican Mark Harris had held a 905-vote lead over Democrat Dan McCready. But the state refused to certify the win because of claims of absentee-ballot irregularities.

Harris said Thursday during the hearing that he thought a new election should be called.

The board still must make a decision on the uncertified race for District Court judge in Robeson County, where Democrat Vanessa Burton holds a 67-ballot lead over Republican Jack Moody.