FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo, Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th Congressional race, prepares to testify during the fourth day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina’s elections board is expected to decide Monday, March 4 when to hold new party primaries and the general election for the 9th congressional district, where a seat still remains vacant after November’s result was tainted by ballot fraud concerns. Democrat Dan McCready is running again in the new election. Harris will not. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool, File)

Sponsor of N Carolina anti-LGBT bill to run for US House

March 14, 2019 - 3:29 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The sponsor of a North Carolina law limiting LGBT rights that led businesses, entertainers and others to boycott the state is running for Congress.

State Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte filed on Thursday to run in the 9th Congressional District re-do election. He faces at least two others in May's Republican primary.

The business lawyer co-sponsored a 2016 law that prevented local anti-discrimination ordinances expanding LGBT protections. It also required transgender people to use public bathrooms and showers matching their birth gender.

New primary and general elections were ordered last month for the 9th District after evidence that a political operative working for GOP candidate Mark Harris collected and potentially altered mail-in ballots. Harris' seemingly narrow victory over Democrat Dan McCready in November was scrapped.

Harris isn't running again. McCready is.

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