Democrat concedes to GOP pastor Harris in North Carolina House race

Democrat concedes to GOP pastor Harris in North Carolina House race
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Democrat Dan McCready conceded defeat to Mark Harris (R) in North Carolina's 9th District late on Wednesday, according to local media reports. 

Harris, a pastor, will now ascend to the House after knocking off Rep. Mark Pittenger in a GOP primary earlier this year.

Harris previously ran for the seat in 2016 but lost in the primary.

He toppled Pittenger earlier this year, and emerged victorious in a tight general election even as McCready out-fundraised and outspent him by a wide margin.

The race was rated a "toss-up" by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

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The pastor became a source of controversy during the general election campaign after media reports uncovered controversial comments about women and Islam during his Baptist services.

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Democrats had eyed the 9th District as a potential chance to flip a GOP-held seat thanks to excitement surrounding McCready, a small-business owner and veteran.

The district mostly runs along the North Carolina-South Carolina border.