MONROE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Democrat Dan McCready conceded Wednesday to Republican Mark Harris for NC 9th District congressional seat after a tight race.
Election numbers showed Harris narrowly ahead of McCready in the south-central 9th District. The unofficial results have Harris with a lead of about 1,850 votes from almost 280,000 ballots cast in the race. Absentee ballots will continue to trickle in this week.
The current margin between Harris and McCready means McCready could seek a recount.
Republicans have held the 9th District seat since the early 1960s. Harris is a Baptist minister who upset Rep. Robert Pittenger in the May GOP primary.
McCready is an Iraq War veteran and solar energy investment firm owner whose campaign outraised Harris.
Harris previously claimed victory despite the narrow margin. He released the following statement:
"Late this afternoon I received a call from Dan McCready congratulating us on our victory in the Ninth District. It was a very friendly discussion during which we both agreed to find ways to work together in the weeks and months ahead.
As someone who has been on the other side of close races, I appreciate Dan's graciousness today. He ran a spirited campaign and I have no doubt as to his love of country. I look forward to sitting down with him to discuss ways we can work together for the betterment of the Ninth District."