By: Erin Smith
Following the completion of vote canvassing, US House of Representatives 9th Congressional District Republican Primary candidate Mark Harris has asked for a recount. The recount of the votes in Bladen County is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the Board of Elections office.
As of Thursday morning, a 135 vote margin separated incumbent Robert Pittenger and Harris.
“Mr. Harris called for a recount at the state level,” said Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw.
The Republican primary race for the newly redrawn 9th Congressional district featured incumbent Pittenger against candidates Todd Johnson and Mark Harris.
In Bladen County, Pittenger received 52 votes, Harris received 196 votes and Johnson received 515 votes.
In the 9th District with all precincts reporting, Pittenger received 9,298, Harris received 9,163, and Johnson received 8,143.
The newly drawn 9th Congressional district now consists of a portion of Bladen County, a portion of Cumberland County, a portion of Mecklenberg County and all of Robeson, Anson, Scotland, Richmond, and Union counties. Shaw said all of the counties that make up the 9th Congressional district will take part in the recount.
“I don’t foresee any changes here (in Bladen County). It’s a process we have to go through because we are partially in the 9th District,” said Shaw.
She said she expects observers to be present during the recount from the Pittenger and Harris campaigns.