Mark Harris falls short in recount effort to unseat Congressman Pittenger
This afternoon Mark Harris picked only two additional votes as Board of Election officials completed their recount effort for North Carolina’s 9th congressional district. Dr Harris requested an official recount last week after reviewing the unofficial June 7th primary results. The recount yielded a single vote for the third place finisher Todd Johnson.
In the state’s closest US House primary race, it’s official – Congressman Pittenger has defeated Mark Harris by 133 votes. Because Pittenger won with only 34.95% of the vote, Pittenger and Harris, the top two vote-getters, would traditionally be planning a runoff election in seven weeks but the General Assembly wrote no such provision in the court-delayed special primary. Only 7.73% of eligible voters found time or interest to participate in the unusual June congressional primary.
Pittenger will now faces Democrat Christian Cano in November.
Statement From Mark Harris:
Now that each county has conducted a thorough recount of the votes in this extraordinarily close election, it is clear that we will not overtake Congressman Pittenger in the final count. Although disappointed in the ultimate outcome, we can rest assured that every vote cast has been accounted for and the result confirmed. I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to all the volunteers who stepped up and helped us during the campaign. We had people that gave of their time and money sacrificially to support our vision. For each one of you, I am eternally grateful.
I am also very thankful for the warm reception I received across this newly drawn Ninth District. Meeting the men and women across the region has been hands down the most rewarding part of this campaign. I wish nothing but the best for each of the counties in this new district, and I firmly believe our best days are still ahead of us.
Finally, I have personally spoken to Congressman Pittenger and would like to also publicly congratulate him on his victory in this race.
I look forward to supporting conservatives across the state in their own November races to help further our agenda of less government, lower taxes, and protecting our religious liberties. I hope you will join me in giving them your full support.