The Latest: Governor says 2 nominees don’t comply with law

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a North Carolina congressional election last November in which a winner has yet to be finalized (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s office says two of the four Republican nominees for a reconstituted state elections board expected to soon examine the unresolved 9th Congressional District race don’t appear to qualify for the panel.

A Cooper attorney wrote Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes on Friday to say a former state senator and a conservative activist don’t seem to meet new requirements for the five-member board that will be created Jan. 31.

The law now prevents some associated with “electioneering” in the past four years from serving. Ex-Sen. Buck Newton began a super PAC in 2018. Francis De Luca used to lead the conservative Civitas Institute.

GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse says the party is complying with Cooper’s request to provide two replacements. Cooper will actually appoint two of the four Republican nominees.


3:35 p.m.

The Republican candidate in the nation’s last undecided congressional election says he’s in the hospital recovering from infections attacking his internal organs.

Mark Harris said in a Facebook statement Friday that what he called “a relatively uncommon form of strep bacteria” infected his bloodstream and liver. Campaign spokesman Jason Williams confirmed the post’s authenticity but refused to say where Harris is being treated.

Harris said he was stricken more than a week ago with what seemed like bronchitis. He says he’s improving with rest and fluids.

A reconstituted state elections board is expected to hold a hearing next month into whether Harris narrowly won the 9th Congressional District race in November over Democrat Dan McCready. Officials are investigating allegations that a worker for Harris’ campaign committed fraud involving mail-in ballots.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer,

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