He threw his support behind Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing, whose record Harris said has «proven him to stand firm on so many of the issues that concern us, including the issue of life, our national security, and religious freedom».
North Carolina election officials last week ordered a new contest in the 9th District, ending a dramatic months-long investigation focused on irregularities with mail-in ballots.
The board voted unanimously to throw out the November results between Harris and Democrat Dan McCready.
Harris, an evangelical minister from Charlotte, had led by 905 votes in unofficial returns. He was under scrutiny for hiring a political operative, Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr, who allegedly assembled a crew of election workers to illegally collect, fill out and forge mail-in ballots in two rural counties.
McCready began a new campaign for the seat on Friday.
Another Republican, former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory, ruled out running for the seat on Monday.
After hinting on Twitter over the weekend that he might enter the race, McCrory said on his radio show that he would look at running again for governor or for a US Senate seat in 2022 instead.
«My fire in the belly is teaching and being a radio host and keeping the option open of running for governor or senator,» he said on WBT Radio.
The Washington Post