North Carolina reporter says there could be 'new crop' of GOP candidates in 9th Congressional District race

North Carolina reporter Joe Bruno said on Friday that there could be a new field of Republican candidates in the state's 9th Congressional District's election following GOP candidate Mark HarrisMark HarrisNorth Carolina political operative pleads guilty to ballot fraud The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP makes infrastructure play; Senate passes Asian hate crimes bill Hillicon Valley: Intelligence agency gathers US smartphone location data without warrants, memo says | Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian hack on DOJ, courts | Airbnb offers Biden administration help with vaccine distribution MORE's call for a new election in his disputed House race. 

"North Carolina lawmakers recently passed a law requiring there to be a new primary if the state board of elections orders a new election," Bruno, a reporter with WSOC-TV, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

"So that means we're going to have a primary for this, and my feeling is that we'll have a whole new crop of Republican candidates'"

The North Carolina State Board of Elections voted unanimously Thursday to call a new election in the state’s 9th Congressional District after holding an evidentiary hearing this week to look into allegations of ballot fraud in the November race. 

Initial results from the election showed Harris leading his Democratic opponent, Dan McCready, by 905 votes.

However, Bruno said potential candidates would wait to see if Harris decided to jump into the race. 

"Of course, people will wait to see if Mark Harris runs again, or if the former 9th District representative, Robert PittengerRobert Miller PittengerBottom Line North Carolina reporter says there could be 'new crop' of GOP candidates in 9th Congressional District race North Carolina board calls for new election in contested House race MORE, throws his hat in the ring again," he said. 

"As far as a date goes, that has not been set. There's some thought they may try to set up the timeline along with the third congressional seat, which used to be Walter JonesWalter JonesHillary Clinton brings up 'Freedom Fries' to mock 'cancel culture' Georgia officials open inquiry into Trump efforts to overturn election results Supreme Court declines to hear case challenging unlimited super PAC fundraising MORE's before he passed away, so we could have concurrent elections right there," he said. "Or there's some thought they may try to set it up with Charlotte City Council's mayoral election, which is in November." 

— Julia Manchester