North Carolina 'bathroom bill' sponsor bidding for U.S. House

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) A North Carolina legislator best known as the architect of the state's so-called bathroom bill three years ago is racking up contributions and endorsements as he runs in the repeat of a congressional race marred by a ballot fraud scandal.

State Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte is a leading contender among 10 candidates in next week's GOP primary in the 9th Congressional District special election. Some voters say their choice doesn't depend on Bishop's sponsorship of a 2016 state law that prevented anti-discrimination rules protecting LGBT residents.

GOP political consultant Paul Shumaker says Bishop's backing for House Bill 2 will help him in the Republican primary. Shumaker said the law's opponents will likely support Democrat Dan McCready in a general election if Dan Bishop is the GOP nominee.