Critical NC Election Is Massive Win for Trump & GOP

A day after President Donald Trump put himself on the line with a rally in North Carolina and urged voters to elect Republican Dan Bishop in the tightly contested special election to represent the 9th Congressional District in the House of Representatives, they did it. [RELATED: New York Times Blames ‘Airplanes’ For 9/11 Attack]

According to unofficial returns, Bishop was leading Democrat Dan McReady by 3,937 votes, 96,081 to 92,144, with all districts reporting, according to The Hill.

It was widely seen as a run-up to next year’s presidential election, as The Hill reported:

“President Trump also carried the district in 2016 by a nearly 12-point margin over Hillary Clinton, and the special election on Tuesday was seen by Republicans as a sort of testing ground for his political messaging heading into 2020.”

In a second special election Tuesday in the Tar Heel State, Republican Greg Murphy won the election in the 3rd Congressional District, where the outcome was widely expected.

The Trump factor loomed large in the 9th District contest, with NBC portraying the election as a referendum on the president, headlining its pre-election coverage, “This North Carolina House race will show if Trump’s coalition is falling apart.” [RELATED: CA Democrat Lawmakers Release Violent Criminals From Prison, While Imposing Gun Control Laws on Citizens]

Trump celebrated the win on Twitter with an all-uppercase message:

He also claimed some of the credit for the victory.

Trump also celebrated Murphy’s win and took a dig at media outlets he thought were hoping his efforts to help Bishop would fail.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman Cheri Bustos cited Trump’s impact on the race in her post-election comment that “we fell an inch short tonight, but it took more than $6 million in outside Republican spending and a last-minute Trump rally,” according to Fox News. [RELATED: Lindsey Graham Rips NOAA Investigation Calls it ‘A Bunch of Garbage’]

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