North Carolina's 9th congressional district

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North Carolina's 9th congressional district
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North Carolina's 9th congressional district since January 3, 2021
  Dan Bishop
  • 65.17% urban[1]
  • 34.83% rural
Population (2019)796,413[2]
Median household
Cook PVIR+8[3]

The 9th congressional district of North Carolina is a Congressional district in south-central North Carolina. The district's current boundaries were redrawn in February 2016 after a U.S. District Court overturned the existing boundaries because of politically directed gerrymandering that suppressed minority representation.[4] The new congressional district consists of Union, Anson, Richmond, Scotland, and Robeson counties; a southeast portion of Mecklenburg County; and parts of Cumberland and Bladen counties.

Republicans have held this district since 1963. Republican Robert Pittenger had represented the district since January 2013. In 2018, Pittenger was defeated by challenger Mark Harris in the Republican primary. The latter faced Democrat Dan McCready in the general election.

Harris was initially called as the winner by several hundred votes, but the result was not certified, pending a statewide investigation into allegations of absentee ballot fraud.[5][6] On February 21, the bipartisan State Election Board unanimously voted to call for a new election for the 9th district, because of ballot fraud by Republican operatives.[7]

A special election was held September 10, 2019, with Democrat Dan McCready running against Republican Dan Bishop, a state senator who won the Republican primary.[8] Bishop won the 2019 special election to the U.S. House of Representatives with 50.7% of the vote to McCready's 48.7%.[9][10]

List of members representing the district[edit]

Member Party Term Cong
Electoral history District location
District created March 4, 1793
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Thomas Blount
Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 –
March 3, 1795
Elected in 1793.
Re-elected in 1795.
Re-elected in 1796.
Lost re-election.
[data unknown/missing]
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1799
Willis Alston Democratic-Republican March 4, 1799 –
March 3, 1803
Elected in 1798.
Re-elected in 1800.
Redistricted to the 2nd district.
Marmaduke Williams Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1809
Elected in 1803.
Re-elected in 1804.
Re-elected in 1806.
"North Carolina Congressional District Map (1803-13)".[11]
James Cochran Democratic-Republican March 4, 1809 –
March 3, 1813
Elected in 1808.
Re-elected in 1810.
Bartlett Yancey Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1817
Elected in 1813.
Re-elected in 1815.
[data unknown/missing]
Thomas Settle Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1821
Elected in 1817.
Re-elected in 1819.
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Romulus M. Saunders
Democratic-Republican[a] March 4, 1821 –
March 3, 1825
Elected in 1821.
Re-elected in 1823.
Re-elected in 1825.
[data unknown/missing]
Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
Augustine H. Shepperd Jacksonian March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1833
Elected in 1827.
Re-elected in 1829.
[data unknown/missing]
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1837
[data unknown/missing]
Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
John Hill Democratic March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1841
26th [data unknown/missing]
Augustine H. Shepperd Whig March 4, 1841 –
March 3, 1843
27th [data unknown/missing]
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Kenneth Rayner
Whig March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
28th Redistricted from the 1st district.
[data unknown/missing]
[data unknown/missing]
Asa Biggs
Democratic March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1847
29th [data unknown/missing]
David Outlaw Whig March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1853
[data unknown/missing]
District eliminated March 3, 1853
District re-established March 4, 1885
Thomas D. Johnston Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1889
[data unknown/missing] 1885–1893
[data unknown/missing]
Hamilton G. Ewart
Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
51st [data unknown/missing]
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William T. Crawford
Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1895
[data unknown/missing]
[data unknown/missing]
Richmond Pearson
Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1899
[data unknown/missing]
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William T. Crawford
Democratic March 4, 1899 –
May 10, 1900
56th Lost contested election.
Richmond Pearson
Republican May 10, 1900 –
March 3, 1901
56th [data unknown/missing]
James M. Moody
Republican March 4, 1901 –
February 5, 1903
57th [data unknown/missing]
Vacant February 5, 1903 –
March 3, 1903
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Edwin Y. Webb
Democratic March 4, 1903 –
November 10, 1919
[data unknown/missing]
[data unknown/missing]
[data unknown/missing]
Vacant November 10, 1919 –
December 16, 1919
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Clyde R. Hoey
Democratic December 16, 1919 –
March 3, 1921
Elected to finish Webb's term.
[data unknown/missing]
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Alfred L. Bulwinkle
Democratic March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1929
Elected in 1920.
Lost re-election.
Charles A. Jonas Republican March 4, 1929 –
March 3, 1931
71st Elected in 1928.
[data unknown/missing]
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Alfred L. Bulwinkle
Democratic March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
72nd Elected in 1930.
Redistricted to the 10th district.
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Robert L. Doughton
Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1953
Redistricted from the 8th district.
[data unknown/missing]
[data unknown/missing]
[data unknown/missing]
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Hugh Quincy Alexander
Democratic January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1963
[data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
[data unknown/missing]
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Jim Broyhill
Republican January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1969
[data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 10th district.
[data unknown/missing]
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Charles R. Jonas
Republican January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1973
Redistricted from the 8th district.
[data unknown/missing]
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Jim Martin
Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1985
Elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Retired to run for North Carolina Governor.
[data unknown/missing]
[data unknown/missing]
Alex McMillan
Republican January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 1995
Elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
[data unknown/missing]
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Sue Myrick
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2013
Elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
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Robert Pittenger
Republican January 3, 2013 –
January 3, 2019
Elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Lost renomination.
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North Carolina US Congressional District 9 (since 2017).tif
Vacant January 3, 2019 –
September 10, 2019
116th Election voided.[12]
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Dan Bishop
Republican September 10, 2019 –
Elected to the vacant term.
Re-elected in 2020.

2018 election[edit]

In the Republican primary incumbent Robert Pittenger was defeated by former pastor Mark Harris, who had closely challenged him two years earlier.[13] Harris won 48.5 percent of the vote to Pittenger's 46.2 percent.[14]

The New York Times described the election between Harris and Democrat Dan McCready as a "top-tier contest".[15] In results on election day, Harris defeated McCready by 905 votes, but on November 27, 2018, the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Reform declined to certify the election results, citing voting irregularities involving absentee ballots.[16][17] The irregularities in counting and handling of absentee ballots became the subject of a criminal investigation.[18]

Outlets such as the Associated Press[19] and FiveThirtyEight[20] subsequently retracted calling the race, pending the decision of the state board of elections. On December 1, the chair of the state elections board resigned, saying: "The investigation of criminal conduct and absentee voting fraud in the 2018 Republican primary and 2018 general election in congressional district 9 is a matter of vital importance to our democracy", adding that "I will not allow myself to be used as an instrument of distraction in this investigation".[21]

On November 30, the election board of the district decided to hear evidence about “claims of numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities” at a meeting to be held by December 21. A finding of fraud could have resulted in a new election.[22]

On December 5, 2018, independent investigative reporting of the alleged vote thefts detailed a practice that targeted southern rural elderly black voters in the 9th district congressional race and termed the affair, "...the most serious federal election tampering case in years." Campaign workers revealed that the vote tampering went on in a pervasively chaotic atmosphere. Operatives tracked votes and field workers "...would come to your house, they would get you to fill out an absentee ballot to be sent to your house. They would go back and pick it up and then seal it and then find two witnesses," to certify their validity. Such handling of ballots and completed applications by other than board and postal workers is legally prohibited. An informant tabulated the number of ballots delivered to the county election board and said an indicted leader gave the Harris campaign updates on the operation's most recent totals. The leader was employed by Red Dome political consultants which received over $428,000 from the Harris campaign. The informant had delivered 185 absentee ballot applications and the leader personally delivered 592 more.[23] On December 6, Democratic candidate McCready withdrew his earlier submitted election concession.[24] Republican candidate Harris agreed for a new election to be held if allegations of election fraud could be proven by the election board to have affected the contest's outcome.[25] The leader of the North Carolina Republicans, Robin Hayes, stated on December 11 that, regardless to what extent election fraud could be proven to have altered the election, a new election would be necessary in the state's 9th congressional district if investigators can verify a local newspaper report that early voting results in Bladen County were leaked before Election Day.[26][27]

On December 28, the state court dissolved the state election board, before it had certified election results.[28][29] The election board's staff announced that it would continue the investigation, but delayed hearings until a new election board was seated, presumably on January 31.[30][31] Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's attempts to fill an interim board were overridden by the Republican-controlled legislature.[28] Incoming United States House of Representatives Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat, announced that the House of Representatives would not seat Harris under any circumstances until the fraud investigation is completed.[32] Harris announced he would seek court intervention to have him immediately certified as the winner and stated his intention to join the 116th Congress on January 3.[33][34] However, Harris was not permitted to join the new Congress on January 3.

On February 21, the bipartisan state board of elections voted to hold a new election, because, according to board chairman Bob Cordle, "irregularities and improprieties ... tainted the results ... and cast doubt on its fairness."[35] A newly passed law by the North Carolina state legislature will require the parties to hold new primaries before the general election for this seat.[36] Harris has said that he will not run again.

2019 special election[edit]

Democrat Dan McCready, a veteran and business executive, was unopposed as his party's nominee for this seat, following his narrow initial loss to Mark Harris in the election voided because of alleged ballot fraud by Republican operatives. After the Republicans conducted their primary, they nominated Dan Bishop, a North Carolina state senator, to run in the special election to be held in September 2019.[8] On September 10, 2019, Bishop narrowly won the election with 50.7% of the vote to McCready's 48.7%.[9][37] He was sworn in on September 17, 2019.[38]

Recent election results[edit]


North Carolina's 9th congressional district, 2012[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Pittenger 194,537 51.8
Democratic Jennifer Roberts 171,503 45.6
Libertarian Curtis Campbell 9,650 2.6
Total votes 375,690 100.0
Republican hold


North Carolina's 9th congressional district, 2014[40]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Pittenger (incumbent) 163,080 93.9
n/a Write-ins 8,219 4.7
Independent Shawn Eckles (write-in) 2,369 1.4
Total votes 173,668 100.0
Republican hold


North Carolina's 9th congressional district, 2016 [40]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Pittenger (incumbent) 193,452 58.2
Democratic Christian Cano 139,041 41.8
Total votes 332,493 100.0
Republican hold


North Carolina's 9th congressional district, 2018[41]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Harris 139,246 49.25
Democratic Dan McCready 138,341 48.93
Libertarian Jeff Scott 5,130 1.81
Total votes 282,717 100.0

2019 special election[edit]

North Carolina's 9th congressional district special election, 2019[42]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Dan Bishop 96,573 50.69 +1.44
Democratic Dan McCready 92,785 48.70 -0.23
Libertarian Jeff Scott 773 0.41 -1.40
Green Allen Smith 375 0.20 N/A
Total votes 190,506 100.00 N/A
Republican hold


North Carolina's 9th congressional district, 2020[43]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Bishop (incumbent) 224,661 55.6
Democratic Cynthia Wallace 179,463 44.4
Total votes 404,124 100.0
Republican hold

See also[edit]


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Coordinates: 35°22′47″N 80°50′18″W / 35.37972°N 80.83833°W / 35.37972; -80.83833