The last House race of 2018 is finally about to be settled — but it may be well over a year after voters first went to the polls in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district before they have a representative in Congress. Investigations into election fraud in the initial race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready — where Harris appeared to prevail by just 905 votes — delayed the final certification, and GOP strategists are breathing a sigh of relief that Harris won’t run again in the do-over election. Still, the new election promises to be a national draw for both parties, attracting plenty of outside money while giving them a chance to test their 2020 messages. The 9th takes in the fast-growing south Charlotte suburbs, including part of Mecklenburg County and all of Union County. While other suburban areas have been moving Democrats’ way, locals say these areas may not have transitioned as quickly as other parts of the country. The Mecklenburg sliver of the district is ripe for Democrats, but Union especially, a growing Charlotte bedroom county,

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