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Trump-backed U.S. Republican wins North Carolina special congressional election

By Susan Cornwell

 

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U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Republican nominee Dan Bishop during a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S., September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

 

(Reuters) - Republican Dan Bishop won a special U.S. congressional election in North Carolina on Tuesday, turning back a vigorous Democratic challenge to save a longtime stronghold for President Donald Trump's party.

 

With 99% of precincts reporting, Bishop, a 55-year-old state senator for whom Trump campaigned, led Democrat Dan McCready, a 36-year-old veteran of the Marines, 50.81% to 48.59%, the state board of elections said.

 

North Carolina's 9th congressional district, a suburban-rural area in the southeastern part of the state, has been represented by Republicans in Congress since the 1960s and voted for Trump by about 12 percentage points in 2016.

 

But Democrats thought they had a chance to flip it and build on the majority they won in the House of Representatives last year. McCready lost by a slim margin in 2018 before state officials ruled the election was tainted by an absentee-ballot fraud scheme that benefited his Republican opponent, Mark Harris, and ordered a new vote. Harris did not run again.

 

Both parties poured millions of dollars into the election do-over, with the final contest of the 2018 congressional midterms being watched for signs of their prospects in 2020.

 

Trump, who flew to the district on Monday night to rally the Republican base for Bishop, moved immediately to take credit.

 

"Dan Bishop was down 17 points 3 weeks ago. He then asked me for help, we changed his strategy together, and he ran a great race," Trump wrote on Twitter.

The Trump campaign national press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said Trump's endorsement "has the power to change the trajectory of political races ... Dan Bishop won this evening & Trump’s endorsement carried him to victory!"

 

U.S President Donald Trump held a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina to drum up support for the GOP candidate in the state's special election, after the discovery of a scandal involving absentee ballot fraud resulting in a GOP win in 2018 forced a do-over. Roger Fortuna reports.

 

On Monday, McEnany said the Trump campaign did not believe the results of the special election would be predictive for 2020.

 

Republicans also won a special election in another district in North Carolina where they had been expected to do so. Republican Greg Murphy defeated Democrat Allen Thomas for a seat left vacant by longtime Republican Representative Walter Jones’ death in February by 61.74% to 37.47%, according to the state board of election results.

 

Bishop thanked Trump and vowed to support the president's agenda in Washington. He said his victory should send a message nationwide that voters were rejecting the "radical, liberal policies being pushed by today's Democratic Party."

 

“Tonight was the first step toward taking back the House of Representatives in 2020 to keep this country on a path of prosperity and strength," the Republican told a cheering crowd.

 

SIGNS FOR 2020 ELECTIONS

Republicans hope the victory will help the party launch a comeback effort to wrest the House away from Democrats after losing 40 seats and overall control in House elections last November.

 

A wave of recent Republican retirements from the House has fueled speculation that Republicans fear they will not win the 19 seats they need to regain the majority in that chamber next year.

 

Democrats had been hoping to show that 2018 was not their high-water mark and looked to further weaken support for Trump and his Republicans in suburban areas.

 

Political analysts noted McCready did improve his standing over the previous election in the suburbs of Charlotte. But a poor showing with rural Trump-supporting Democrats cost the party a pickup, analyst David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report said on Twitter.

 

The chairwoman of the Democratic congressional campaign arm, Representative Cheri Bustos, said Democrats had fallen "an inch" short but that Republicans had required millions in spending and a Trump rally just to "scrape by."

 

"Tonight’s razor-thin result in this ruby-red district solidifies the fact that Democrats are pushing further into Republican strongholds and are in a commanding position to protect and expand our House Majority in 2020," she said.

 

Bishop campaigned on taxes, the economy and immigration. He echoed Trump's political themes, asserting that McCready "admires socialism" and linking him to the "Squad," a group of progressive Democrats in the House who Trump has repeatedly attacked.

 

McCready, a small businessman, sought to steer the campaign discussion away from Trump and onto issues such as healthcare, education and teacher pay.

 

He labeled Bishop, who sponsored a 2016 measure in the state legislature restricting public restroom access for transgender people, as a "career politician."

 

"We may not have won this campaign, but that does not mean that we were wrong," McCready said in his concession speech Tuesday night. "And as long as there are people who thrive off our division, there is still work to be done."

 

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell in Washington; Editing by Colleen Jenkins)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-09-11

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The president won this district at +12, Bishop +2 after throwing Pence, POTUS and a load of dosh at it. Not really a ringing endorsement of the current administration's performance?

 

 

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It's about the rejection of open borders.  Too many illegal aliens.  Even Thailand does a better job of border control.

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The guy was down 16 points last week until Trump stepped in and threw his support behind him. 

 

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3 minutes ago, Boon Mee said:

The guy was down 16 points last week until Trump stepped in and threw his support behind him. 

 

And where did you pick up this falsehood from?

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I'm tellin' ya 2020 he will win if they don't pick an un-pc candidate. People are puking at the present pc culture. 

What's next?  let horses on airplanes... oh wait!

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59 minutes ago, Boon Mee said:

The guy was down 16 points last week until Trump stepped in and threw his support behind him. 

 

Which should get every alarm bell, whistle, siren etc going ballistic.

 

this was a very safe very old republican seat that was almost lost because the GOP is failing bigly, and this trend should make democrats very happy.... if it was a swinging sets, it would be blue by now.... Americans take heart, the trump is done!

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22 minutes ago, BobBKK said:

I'm tellin' ya 2020 he will win if they don't pick an un-pc candidate. People are puking at the present pc culture. 

What's next?  let horses on airplanes... oh wait!

Sure, Issues like health care don't matter at all. 

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1 hour ago, Boon Mee said:

The guy was down 16 points last week until Trump stepped in and threw his support behind him. 

 

 

But, but, but I thought these polls are fake news?

 

NC is closing on purple, transitioning to Blurple. Too many college-educated folks, and not enough hillbillies/klansmen left. Demographics do not favor the toothless.

 

 

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28 minutes ago, jany123 said:

Which should get every alarm bell, whistle, siren etc going ballistic.

 

this was a very safe very old republican seat that was almost lost because the GOP is failing bigly, and this trend should make democrats very happy.... if it was a swinging sets, it would be blue by now.... Americans take heart, the trump is done!

I can not be happy unless we see a clear majority of American voter turning out to reject The Donald and his Republican ilk. I have already retired outside the US (in part because I am out priced in my own country) so I cannot say I will love if the majority do not forcefully reject the Republicans. But I may never vote again in recognition that I have lost my country.

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This was a major defeat for the phony dems trying to align themselves with a moderate agenda,like they did in the 2018 midterms

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2 hours ago, mtls2005 said:

 

But, but, but I thought these polls are fake news?

 

NC is closing on purple, transitioning to Blurple. Too many college-educated folks, and not enough hillbillies/klansmen left. Demographics do not favor the toothless.

 

 

That is the attitude that is tearing apart America. Pushed non-stop by the Democrats. 

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3 hours ago, Boon Mee said:

The guy was down 16 points last week until Trump stepped in and threw his support behind him. 

 

Then he barley squeaked by in a solid republican district I think the handwriting is on the wall boon me 

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