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PoliticsTrump takes victory lap after Republicans win in North Carolina

06:20  11 september  2019
06:20  11 september  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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

Trump, with eye on 2020, seeks to bolster North Carolina Republican U.S. President Donald Trump is going all-out to try to keep a district of North Carolina in the Republican column in a special congressional election on Tuesday that may serve as a bellwether for his own fortunes in 2020. © 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.

Trump held another rally in North Carolina on Monday and threw his weight behind Bishop in a tweet on Thursday. In the third congressional district, where a seat was left open after congressman Walter B Jones Jr died in February, the Republican Greg Murphy, a physician, decisively defeated his

The president and his supporters celebrated on social media late Tuesday night after Republicans secured a pair of victories in congressional races in Georgia and South Carolina .

President Trump took a victory lap Tuesday night after a pair of Republican victories in North Carolina, including a highly competitive 9th Congressional District race that saw Dan Bishop edge out a critical win in what was seen as a bellwether for the GOP.

Trump takes victory lap after Republicans win in North Carolina© Getty Images Trump takes victory lap after Republicans win in North Carolina

"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. Big Rally last night. Now it looks like he is going to win," the president tweeted.

Trump held a campaign rally in Fayetteville, N.C., on Monday night to help give a last-minute boost to Bishop, who tied his campaign closely to the White House and its policies. Polling was neck and neck in the weeks leading up to Tuesday night's finale, as the race was depicted as a referendum on Trump heading into 2020.

The president on Tuesday night also touted Republican Greg Murphy, who won a less competitive special election in North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District.

"Greg Murphy is a big winner in North Carolina 03. Much bigger margins than originally anticipated. Congratulations Greg!" he tweeted.

"BIG NIGHT FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!" Trump later tweeted.

Bishop's victory in particular will come as a relief to Republicans as many in the party viewed the results in his race as a testing ground for how well Trump's message will resonate going into the 2020 election. Bishop focused much of his campaign to his support for Trump, discussing the need to build the president's long- wall on the U.S. southern border and accusing Democratic opponent Dan McCready of backing "socialist" policies, a key Republican talking point in Washington.

Still, Bishop's win does not completely erase concerns for the GOP going into 2020.

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