RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Republicans want the sponsor of a headline-grabbing "bathroom bill" that voided anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people to represent them in a special congressional election needed after last year's contest was deemed too tainted to stand.
State Sen. Dan Bishop on Tuesday topped nine other GOP candidates seeking the 9th Congressional District nomination. He won almost half of the ballots cast in an election that drew less than 10% of eligible voters.
Bishop will face Democrat Dan McCready on Sept. 10, as well as Libertarian and Green candidates.
McCready is a former Marine and Harvard MBA who seemed to narrowly lose last year's race to Republican Mark Harris. An investigation then found Harris ignored warnings and paid a political operative who illegally collected mail-in ballots.
Harris opted not to run again.