The Latest: GOP field of 10 in North Carolina election re-do

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo, Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th Congressional race, prepares to testify during the fourth day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina’s elections board is expected to decide Monday, March 4 when to hold new party primaries and the general election for the 9th congressional district, where a seat still remains vacant after November’s result was tainted by ballot fraud concerns. Democrat Dan McCready is running again in the new election. Harris will not. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2018 file photo, N.C. Sen. Dan Bishop speaks during a joint N.C. House-Senate committee meeting on judicial reform and redistricting held at the Legislative Office Building in downtown Raleigh, N.C. Bishop of Charlotte filed on Thursday, March 14, 2019 to run in the 9th Congressional District re-do election. He faces at least two others in May's Republican primary. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP)
FILE - In this May 8, 2018 file photo, 9th Congressional district Democratic candidate Dan McCready smiles as he speaks with U.S. Rep. Alma Adams outside Eastover Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina’s elections board is expected to decide Monday, March 4, 2019, when to hold new party primaries and the general election for the 9th congressional district, where a seat still remains vacant after November’s result was tainted by ballot fraud concerns. McCready is running again in the new election. Republican candidate Mark Harris will not. Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP, File)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Latest on a new election in the unresolved North Carolina congressional race (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Republicans are heading for a lively faceoff to decide who'll represent the GOP in a new North Carolina congressional election mandated after a ballot-rigging scandal blocked the former Republican candidate's narrow November win.

Ten Republicans filed by Friday's deadline to run in the 9th Congressional District primary in May. Democrat Dan McCready drew no primary challenger.

The Republican candidates include the state senator who sponsored a 2016 state law limiting LGBT rights and the anointed choice of last year's GOP candidate.

Also filing was a Raleigh attorney who was a registered Democrat until shortly before he entered last year's race for a state Supreme Court seat as a Republican.

If none of the Republicans win more than 30 percent of the votes in May, a GOP runoff primary would be Sept. 10.

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7:15 a.m.

A conservative soldier in the nation's culture wars leads the Republican field for a new North Carolina congressional election, needed because of earlier ballot misdeeds.

Three candidates have entered the Republican primary in North Carolina's 9th congressional district ahead of Friday's deadline.

A new election was ordered after evidence that a political operative working for GOP candidate Mark Harris collected and potentially altered mail-in ballots last year. Harris' seemingly narrow victory over Democrat Dan McCready in November was scrapped.

Harris isn't running again. McCready is.

Among the Republicans, state Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte is thought to have the deepest pockets. He sponsored HB2, the 2016 state law limiting LGBT rights that prompted businesses, entertainers and others to boycott the state.

Harris backs Stony Rushing, who is staunchly anti-abortion.

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