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    GOP candidate in disputed US House race not running again

    In a statement, Mark Harris said Tuesday he’s skipping the upcoming re-do election in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District for health reasons.
    Travis Long/The News & Observer via Associated Press/Pool
    In a statement, Mark Harris said Tuesday he’s skipping the upcoming re-do election in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District for health reasons.

    RALEIGH, N.C. — A special election to fill the country’s last undetermined congressional race will take place without the North Carolina Republican who used a political operative accused of ballot fraud.

    In a statement, Mark Harris said Tuesday he’s skipping the upcoming re-do election in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District for health reasons. Harris says he needs surgery that’s scheduled for late March.

    He did not mention the alleged ballot fraud scandal.

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    Harris last week stopped a state elections board hearing into ballot fraud by declaring he couldn’t continue to testify. He cited health problems caused by a blood infection that required hospitalization and led to two strokes.

    The elections board ordered a new contest after evidence that a Harris operative may have illegally collected mail-in ballots. Harris narrowly led Democrat Dan McCready after November’s election, but the outcome was never certified.