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: