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THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: All the Observer’s picks for Tuesday’s election

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: All the Observer’s picks for Tuesday’s election

Nov. 5th, 2018 – Tuesday’s midterm elections could be among the more consequential for North Carolina voters in recent years, as Republicans try to hold on to a majority in the U.S. House and supermajority in the N.C. House and Senate. Voters also will decide on six NC constitutional amendments, judicial seats and local races.

The Observer editorial board has interviewed candidates and researched races before offering endorsements on the Mecklenburg ballot. Here’s a recap of how we see contested races:

US House District 9

Democrats are targeting this district as an important piece of retaking a US House majority. Democrat Dan McCready would bring character, intelligence and moderate policy positions that better reflect all of this district. Republican Mark Harris is deeply ensconced in the far right of his party, and his rejection of science and his views on women would translate into misguided public policy. We recommend McCready.

THE CHARLOTTE POST: We Heartily Endorse Dan McCready

THE CHARLOTTE POST: We Heartily Endorse Dan McCready

Nov. 5th, 2018 – Midterm elections usually don’t drum up much excitement, but 2018 isn’t like most midterm cycles.

There’s robust – even nasty – debate over the course of the nation and North Carolina. President Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot, but he is, in essence, the linchpin of how and why voters are turning out in record numbers in North Carolina’s early voting. We’re offering our endorsements of local and statewide races to pass along our sentiment for the people and initiatives we believe will best serve our state going forward.

U.S. House of Representatives District 9
We heartily endorse Dan McCready, an entrepreneur and Marine Corps veteran. Mr. McCready has the background and temperament to represent the 9th, which includes East Charlotte. We find his middle-of-the-road stance on issues ranging from abortion rights to the economy refreshing compared to the demagoguery of Mark Harris, who upset incumbent Robert Pittenger in the Republican primary.

NEWSWEEK: GOP CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE SAID JEWS AND MUSLIMS SHOULD CONVERT TO CHRISTIANITY FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

NEWSWEEK: GOP CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE SAID JEWS AND MUSLIMS SHOULD CONVERT TO CHRISTIANITY FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Nov. 3rd, 2018 – A former Baptist pastor running as Republican candidate for a congressional seat in North Carolina said that peace in the Middle East depended on Jews and Muslims converting to Christianity.

Mark Harris, who stepped down as a pastor in 2017, defeated three times GOP representative Robert Pittenger in May, and is facing Democrat Dan McReady in a race for the state’s 9th District pollsters say is too close to call.

CNN: GOP congressional candidate called Islam ‘dangerous’ and the work of  Satan

CNN: GOP congressional candidate called Islam ‘dangerous’ and the work of  Satan

Nov. 2nd, 2018 – The Republican candidate running in a competitive House race in North Carolina has a history of making anti-Muslim comments, a CNN KFile review finds.

Mark Harris, a former pastor who stepped down from his congregation in 2017, is the GOP nominee in North Carolina’s 9th District, which runs along the state’s southern border below Charlotte and Fayetteville. Harris defeated three-term GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger in a  May  primary and is now facing Democrat Dan McCready. CNN rates the race toss-up, the most competitive designation.

FORWARD: GOP Candidate: No Peace In Israel Until Jews Convert To Christianity

FORWARD: GOP Candidate: No Peace In Israel Until Jews Convert To Christianity

Nov. 2nd, 2018 – A Republican congressional candidate in a competitive race in North Carolina said in a sermon that there would be no peace in Israel unless Jews and Muslims converted to Christianity, CNN reported Friday.

Mark Harris, who served as a Baptist pastor in Charlotte until resigning last year to run for office, recounted in 2011 his visit to the Holy Land.

“You cannot be in that land, as powerful and as moving as it is, without realizing the incredible tension that is constantly in that land between the Palestinians and the Jews,” Harris said. “There will never be peace in Jerusalem until the day comes that every knee shall bow, every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

THE HILL: GOP House candidate made anti-Muslim remarks as pastor

THE HILL: GOP House candidate made anti-Muslim remarks as pastor

Nov. 2nd, 2018 – Mark Harris, the Republican candidate in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, made harshly critical remarks about Islam throughout his time as a pastor, CNN’s KFile revealed Friday.

Harris defeated three-term Rep. Robert Pittenger in the Republican primary earlier this year, but finds himself in a tight race with Democratic challenger Dan McCready, a veteran and a businessman. The Cook Political Report rates the race as a “toss-up.”

WRAL: Harris, McCready battle for ‘competitive’ US House district

WRAL: Harris, McCready battle for ‘competitive’ US House district

Nov. 1st, 2018 – North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District seat has been occupied by Republicans since the 1960s. This year, Democrats are hoping a so-called “blue wave” – aided by a redrawn district map – will push the seat into their ranks in the U.S. House.

Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger won the seat in 2012, when the district was more centered in the Charlotte area. But in a court-ordered redraw, state legislative Republicans pushed the district toward the east, stretching it along the state’s southeastern border from Charlotte to parts of Fayetteville, picking up more rural areas along the way.

THE NEWS AND OBSERVER: Fact check: Has Democrat Dan McCready said he’d impeach Trump?

THE NEWS AND OBSERVER: Fact check: Has Democrat Dan McCready said he’d impeach Trump?

Oct. 31st, 2018 – Elections across the United States have become a referendum on President Donald Trump, and the same is true in North Carolina.

In North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, Mark Harris beat out incumbent Republican Robert Pittenger while arguing Pittenger wasn’t loyal enough to Trump. Now, Harris is accusing his Democratic opponent, Dan McCready, of wanting to take legal steps to remove Trump from the Oval Office.

“In our debate, Dan McCready doubled down on his support for Pelosi’s liberal agenda of gun control, disrespecting our flag, and impeaching our President,” Harris tweeted after a televised debate on Oct. 10. The tweet was shared more than 160 times.

POLITIFACT: Dan McCready hasn’t said he’d impeach Trump

POLITIFACT: Dan McCready hasn’t said he’d impeach Trump

Oct. 31st, 2018 – Elections across the United States have become a referendum on President Donald Trump, and the same is true in North Carolina.

In North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, Mark Harris beat out incumbent Republican Robert Pittenger while arguing Pittenger wasn’t loyal enough to Trump. Now, Harris is accusing his Democratic opponent, Dan McCready, of wanting to take legal steps to remove Trump from the Oval Office.

“In our debate, Dan McCready doubled down on his support for Pelosi’s liberal agenda of gun control, disrespecting our flag, and impeaching our President,” Harris tweeted after a televised debate on Oct. 10. The tweet was shared more than 160 times.

Is that really what McCready said?

Let’s look at the tape.

NY TIMES: We polled voters in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

NY TIMES: We polled voters in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

Oct. 31st, 2018 – This poll was conducted from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30.

Can the religious right hold a red seat in North Carolina? We made calls, and people spoke to us.
Our poll shows a close race.

Our poll result is about what was expected. But remember: It’s just one poll, and we talked to only 505 people. Each candidate’s total could easily be five points different if we polled everyone in the district. And having a small sample is only one possible source of error.

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