Citing health issues, Mark Harris will not run in new election

Mark Harris said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon that he will not run in the new District Nine election due to health issues.

"After consulting with my physicians, there are several things that my health situation requires as a result of the extremely serious condition that I faced in mid-January. One of those is a necessary surgery that is now scheduled for the last week in March."

This comes after the North Carolina State Board of Elections Committee unanimously decided to hold another election due to election fraud in last November's race between Harris and Dan McCready in the 9th District.

Harris narrowly led McCready once votes were tabulated, but reports of election fraud plagued the election, leading to an investigation and an eventual hearing.  The issues centered in one of the district's counties, Bladen County, and a Harris campaign aide accused of collecting ballots, a felony in North Carolina.

"It has been an honor to have your love, support, encouragement, and prayers each step of our journey together."

The new election requires both a new primary and special election for all parties interested in being in the race.

The committee has not yet determined dates for either a new primary or the special election.