RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger has prevailed in his tight congressional primary after a recount did little to change the results.
State elections officials said machine recounts concluded Monday in the counties that make up the 9th District, and the totals changed by less than a handful of votes. Pittenger’s victory margin is around 130 votes over Mark Harris. More than 26,000 people voted in the three-way primary.
Harris, pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, said in an email that he spoke to Pittenger to congratulate him on his win. Harris had asked for the recount late last week.
Pittenger released a statement saying that he was happy with the results and looking ahead to the November general election. He’ll face Democrat Christian Cano.