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PoliticsTrump, with eye on 2020, seeks to bolster North Carolina Republican

16:55  09 september  2019
16:55  09 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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FAYETTEVILLE, N . C ./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is going all-out to try to keep a North Carolina district in the Republican column in a special congressional election on Tuesday that may serve as a bellwether for his own fortunes in 2020 .

North Carolina 's 9th district was already getting more competitive in 2018, when McCready lost narrowly before state officials ruled the election was tainted by an absentee-ballot fraud scheme that benefited McCready's then-opponent, Republican Mark Harris.

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Trump, with eye on 2020, seeks to bolster North Carolina Republican© Reuters/Bryan Woolston FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump greets supports as he arrives at a campaign rally in Cincinnati

Trump heads to Fayetteville, a city in North Carolina's 9th district, on Monday to rally voters on the eve of the vote, a repeat of a 2018 congressional election that was tainted by fraud. Both political parties expect the results on Tuesday to be close and to provide clues about what is ahead in presidential and congressional elections next year.

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Trump has called North Carolina ’s Republican Party chairman several times for updates on the campaign, a Republican involved in the special A Republican loss would be a worrisome sign for the president and his party. But Democrats are daring to hope for an upset that would build on their

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"Looking forward to being in the North Carolina tomorrow night. We’re having a BIG RALLY for a great guy, Dan Bishop," Trump tweeted on Sunday, referring to the Republican nominee, a 55-year-old state senator who has embraced Trump's policies and some of his political tactics.

"North Carolina, vote for Dan Bishop tomorrow," Trump added Monday morning. "We need him badly in Washington!"

Vice President Mike Pence is also campaigning for Bishop, delivering remarks at a "Get out the Vote" event with the candidate in the town of Wingate on Monday before joining Trump later Monday evening in Fayetteville.

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Stranded North Carolinians take stock of Dorian's damage As the sky cleared and floodwaters receded Saturday, residents of North Carolina's Outer Banks began to assess the damage wrought by Hurricane Dorian. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Steve Harris has lived on Ocracoke Island for most of the last 19 years. He's ridden out eight hurricanes, but he said he'd never seen a storm bring such devastation to his community, which is accessible only by boat or air and is popular with tourists for its undeveloped beaches.

Dan McCready, a Democrat, ran seeking to flip control of the longtime Republican -held Ninth Congressional District.Credit Logan R. Cyrus for The New York Times.

Republican narrowly wins North Carolina special election. The race drew national attention as a potential 2020 bellwether, in a district that stretched from the Charlotte suburbs to the Republicans normally would have been expected to dominate in a district that Trump won, but data released to the

The sprawling 9th district, a combination of suburban and rural areas stretching south and east of the city of Charlotte, has been represented by Republicans in Congress for decades, and voted for Trump by about 12 percentage points in 2016. For the region to refuse to elect a Republican to Congress now would be a worrisome sign for the president and his party.

But Democrats are daring to hope for an upset by their candidate, Dan McCready, that would build on their takeover of the House of Representatives from Republicans in elections last year and make further inroads in "Trump country."

North Carolina's 9th district was already getting more competitive in 2018, when McCready lost narrowly before state officials ruled the election was tainted by an absentee-ballot fraud scheme that benefited McCready's then-opponent, Republican Mark Harris. A new election was ordered, and Harris declined to run again.

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Republican activists in South Carolina are urging party voters to do the seemingly unthinkable The former vice president is bolstered by strong support from African Americans who comprise a large After the state Republican Party canceled its primary this year out of deference to Trump , activists

Republicans nominated Bishop, whose campaign ads have said McCready "admires socialism" and linked him to the "Squad," a group of progressive Democrats in the House that Trump has repeatedly attacked.

"I'll go to Congress and fight these clowns for you," Bishop says in one ad, while walking among bobbing clown-like figures with the faces of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other "Squad" lawmakers superimposed on them.

McCready, 36, a small businessman and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has focused his race on healthcare, education and the pay of North Carolina teachers.

"He (Bishop) is not running against a socialist, he's running against a capitalist, who's built a business from scratch," McCready told CNN. "He's running against a United States Marine."

Bishop's campaign says the most important issues are taxes, the economy and immigration. Trump in his Sunday tweet called Bishop "strong on crime, Borders, your Military and our Vets." On Monday he blasted McCready as "a far left Sanctuary Cities supporter."

Polling indicates a tight race, with turnout a key factor. Early voting in some places was interrupted by Hurricane Dorian last week, although it was then extended into the weekend for many affected areas.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Susan Heavey and Chizu Nomiyama)

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