Mark Harris, who has anti-gay views, won election to the Congress for North Carolina’s 9th District as he took over the Democrat Don McCready. Harris won the election with 138,338 votes (49.4 percent), claiming a narrow victory over McCready who garnered 136,478 votes (48.8 percent). The victory for Harris comes despite an exposé in August revealing that Harris, an evangelical pro-Trump pastor, made a number of extremely homophobic remarks. A recording published by Media Matters revealed that in a 2015 sermon, pastor Mark Harris said that decriminalizing homosexuality was a betrayal of morality. “In one generation you and I have witnessed this country sliding from a nation who once shared a moral vision based on Judeo-Christian ethic to a nation floundering in moral decay… we have watched in one generation where homosexuality was once criminalized to now we see the criminalization of Christianity,” he said.