The new election in a North Carolina congressional district required after last year’s contest was deemed tainted by a Republican political operative’s ballot collection efforts is expected to cost taxpayers more than $1.2 million.

The state elections board said Friday the 9th congressional district contest now headed toward a 10-candidate Republican primary contest in May could top $1.7 million if no candidate gets more than 30 percent of the vote.

North Carolina legislators in December required a new primary in the event that the state elections board ordered a new election. The elections board decided unanimously last month a new contest was needed.

FILE - In this May 8, 2018 file photo, 9th Congressional district Democratic candidate Dan McCready smiles as he speaks with U.S. Rep. Alma Adams outside Eastover Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina’s elections board is expected to decide Monday, March 4, 2019, when to hold new party primaries and the general election for the 9th congressional district,  where a seat still remains vacant after November’s result was tainted by ballot fraud concerns. McCready is running again in the new election. Republican candidate Mark Harris will not.  Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP, File)
FILE – In this May 8, 2018 file photo, 9th Congressional district Democratic candidate Dan McCready smiles as he speaks with U.S. Rep. Alma Adams outside Eastover Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina’s elections board is expected to decide Monday, March 4, 2019, when to hold new party primaries and the general election for the 9th congressional district, where a seat still remains vacant after November’s result was tainted by ballot fraud concerns. McCready is running again in the new election. Republican candidate Mark Harris will not. Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP, File)

Union County Commissioner and Republican congressional candidate Stony Rushing says he’s going to ask the state legislature to reimburse his county for the re-do election.

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo, Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th Congressional race, prepares to testify during the fourth day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh, N. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo, Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional race, prepares to testify during the fourth day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh, N. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool, File)
FILE - This June 22, 2004 file photo shows North Carolina state senator, Fern Shubert during a forum in Indian Trail, N. (APPhoto/Rusty Burroughs)
FILE – This June 22, 2004 file photo shows North Carolina state senator, Fern Shubert during a forum in Indian Trail, N. (APPhoto/Rusty Burroughs)
In this  Thursday, March 7, 2019 photo, North Carolina Republican congressional candidate Stony Rushing poses for a photo during an interview with WFAE in Monroe, N. (Steve Harrison/WFAE via AP )
In this Thursday, March 7, 2019 photo, North Carolina Republican congressional candidate Stony Rushing poses for a photo during an interview with WFAE in Monroe, N. (Steve Harrison/WFAE via AP )

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