RALEIGH, N.C | N. Carolina elections board calls challenged House candidate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The apparent Republican winner of the country’s last undecided congressional election is expected to explain why he stuck with a North Carolina political operative with a shady track record that even the GOP candidate thought about protesting in the past.

North Carolina’s elections board is expected to hear testimony on Wednesday from Mark Harris. He led Democrat Dan McCready after November’s election, but the race wasn’t certified after allegations against a Harris contractor who focused on mail-in ballots in two rural counties.

Harris said he sought out and hired Leslie McCrae Dowless because he delivered votes , including for a Republican rival in the 2016 GOP primary.

The elections board is expected to either declare Harris the winner in the 9th congressional district or order a new election after the multi-day hearing.

By EMERY P. DALESIO , Associated Press