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PoliticsDan Bishop, North Carolina Republican, Wins Special Election

06:51  11 september  2019
06:51  11 september  2019 Source:   nytimes.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.

Dan Bishop was projected to win a fiercely contested special U.S. House election that was widely seen as a bellwether for the president's chances in the Another Republican House candidate won a separate special election in a GOP-leaning district elsewhere in North Carolina earlier Tuesday

Few races are as convoluted as the one in North Carolina ’s Ninth Congressional District, which is — 10 months after Election Day 2018 — the last vote of the midterm elections . Polls show an extremely close race between State Senator Dan Bishop , a Republican , and the entrepreneur Dan McCready

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dan Bishop, a Republican state senator, scored a narrow victory on Tuesday in a special House election in North Carolina that demonstrated President Trump’s appeal with his political base but also highlighted his party’s deepening unpopularity with suburban voters.

Dan Bishop, North Carolina Republican, Wins Special Election© Andy McMillan for The New York Times Dan Bishop, the Republican nominee, greeted supporters at his election night party in Indian Trail, N.C., on Tuesday.

Mr. Bishop defeated Dan McCready, a moderate Democrat, one day after Mr. Trump made a full-throated plea for support for the Republican at a rally on the conservative end of a Charlotte-to-Fayetteville district, which the president carried by nearly 12 points in 2016.

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North Carolina special election: Democrats have a chance in a heavily Trump district The seemingly never-ending election to represent North Carolina's 9th Congressional District will (probably) come to a close on Tuesday. © Getty Images/AP Democrat Dan McCready and Republican Dan Bishop For those who don't recall, credible allegations of ballot fraud caused the State Board of Elections to order a new election in the district after the final tally found Republican Mark Harris ahead of Democrat Dan McCready by fewer than 1,000 votes. Harris decided not to run again in the special election. Instead, McCready will face off against Republican Dan Bishop.

Republicans have won a fiercely contested special election in North Carolina , narrowly escaping what could have been a serious setback for Donald Trump and his 2020 re- election campaign. The conservative state senator Dan Bishop beat out the Democrat Dan McCready

A special election was held on September 10, 2019, to fill the vacancy in North Carolina 's 9th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for the remainder of the 116th

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With most votes counted on Tuesday night, Mr. Bishop was ahead by about two percentage points, according to The Associated Press.

The fierce fight for the Ninth Congressional District also brought to an end a tortured political drama: The 2018 midterm race for the seat, in which Mr. McCready barely lost against a different Republican, was in question for months because of evidence of election fraud on the G.O.P. side. The election was finally thrown out, an embarrassing conclusion for state Republicans who had carved the lines of the deeply red district.

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North Carolina Republicans have controlled the state’s Ninth Congressional District since 1963. 10 general election against Dan McCready, the Democrat. The A.P. projected that Mr. Bishop , who Republicans initially resisted calls for a new election , which began within weeks of the midterm vote

Dan Bishop , the Republican nominee, spoke with supporters and staff in Monroe.CreditTravis Dove for And just as in so many of the special elections leading up to Democratic victories, or near- wins , since A Republican loss after such a presidential intervention would sow doubts about Mr. Trump’s

Now, as Mr. Trump heads into a re-election year, the close outcome in a district that hasn’t been held by Democrats since the 1960s confirmed once more that he energizes the left and some independents to fight against him just as much as he inspires Republicans to fight for him. In 2018, Democratic candidates flipped several G.O.P.-held House seats in districts that Mr. Trump had won, a sign of distaste among moderate and suburban voters who reluctantly backed him in 2016.

Dan Bishop, North Carolina Republican, Wins Special Election© Logan R. Cyrus for The New York Times Dan McCready, a Democrat, ran seeking to flip control of the longtime Republican-held Ninth Congressional District.

And that trend shows no sight of abating: on Tuesday, Mr. McCready actually performed better in the district’s Charlotte suburbs than he did when he lost by a smaller overall margin last year.

For Democrats looking ahead to 2020, those midterm results and Mr. Bishop’s slim margin in a conservative seat offer more evidence that Mr. Trump could face trouble in states such as North Carolina, which is Republican-leaning but filled with the sort of college-educated voters who have grown uneasy with the president.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N . C . — Republicans are hoping an eleventh-hour pep talk from President Donald Trump will propel them to a special election victory President Donald Trump gives his support to Dan Bishop , a Republican running in North Carolina 's 9th Congressional District, as he speaks at a

The special election in North Carolina 's 9th Congressional District was called after credible allegations of ballot fraud were lobbed against former President Donald Trump campaigned for Republican candidate Dan Bishop on Monday night in Fayetteville, North Carolina , on the eve of a

As even some Republican pollsters and officials acknowledge, Mr. Trump — who enjoys high approval ratings with Republicans, but slipping ratings with voters overall in some recent polls — needs to improve his standing with suburban voters, particularly women. He carried North Carolina by 3.6 percentage points in 2016.

Mr. Trump wasted no time declaring victory for himself along with Mr. Bishop on Tuesday night, asserting on Twitter that the Republican candidate was struggling until he “asked me for help, we changed his strategy together, and he ran a great race.”

Late Tuesday night, Mr. McCready appeared before supporters at a Charlotte hotel, with his wife Laura at his side. He offered his support to Mr. Bishop, invoking his campaign slogan “country before party.”

“This was never a campaign about partisanship,” Mr. McCready said. “This was always a campaign about values. And we rallied together around the idea that as Americans we are all in this together. We may not have won this campaign, but that does not mean that we were wrong.”

In Washington, Mr. Bishop’s victory was not seen by Republicans as appreciably improving their chances of winning the House back in 2020. Indeed, his win came only after outside Republican groups poured over $5 million into the district.

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“ North Carolina , vote for Dan Bishop tomorrow. We need him badly in Washington! His opponent is a far left Sanctuary Cities supporter,” Trump tweeted Allegations of ballot fraud caused the state’s Board of Elections to order a new contest in the district after the final vote on Election Day last year

There are two congressional elections in North Carolina on Tuesday — one to replace the late Rep. Walter Jones (R), where the Republican is favored to win , and a tossup do-over race in the 9th Congressional District pitting Democrat Dan McCready against Republican Dan Bishop .

G.O.P. strategists on Tuesday night said the race was eerily reminiscent of the other, nail-bitingly close special elections in the first year of the Trump presidency, when the party barely hung onto a handful of House seats that in previous years they carried with ease. Those too-close-for-comfort victories, in districts from Kansas and Montana to Georgia and South Carolina, were ominous signs for Republicans ahead of a 2018 midterm election where they lost the House.

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And while Republican officials said a loss in North Carolina would have accelerated the trickle of G.O.P. lawmakers retiring, they were skeptical a narrow win would stop the trend entirely given the difficulty of running for re-election with an unpopular president on top of the ticket.

The House district extends from Charlotte through a number of exurban and rural counties to the east. In 2016, Representative Robert Pittenger carried the district by 16 percentage points. But in the midterms of 2018, Mr. McCready, surfing the national anti-Trump mood, ran a close race, losing by 905 votes to a new Republican candidate, Mark Harris.

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Trump takes victory lap after Republicans win in North 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. 

Republican North Carolina state Sen. Dan Bishop faces off against Democratic businessman Dan McCready in a bid to represent the battleground Bishop won the resulting Republican primary. Bishop was a sponsor of the state’s much maligned “bathroom bill,” which required individuals use

Trump eager to elect Republican Dan Bishop over Dan McCready in North Carolina special election . FAYETTEVILLE, N . C . – President Donald Trump and his backers say today's special election in North Carolina won 't say much about his own chances to win this pivotal state next year

Then came one of the more bizarre plot twists in recent American politics: The state elections board threw out the entire election and ordered a new one because of evidence that Mr. Harris’s campaign had funded an illegal vote-harvesting scheme in rural Bladen County.

Mr. McCready, 36, a businessman, decided to keep running, and had been on the campaign trail for 27 straight months. A centrist, he focused on the issue of health care affordability and criticized Mr. Bishop for opposing the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Bishop, 55, a Charlotte lawyer, is perhaps best known statewide for sponsoring the so-called bathroom bill that required transgender people to use restrooms that corresponded with the gender on their birth certificate. He boasted of his endorsement from the National Rifle Association, and he repeatedly attacked Mr. McCready by lumping him with the more left-leaning elements of the Democratic Party.

Mr. Trump tweeted his endorsement for Mr. Bishop and sent out a fund-raising email on his behalf. In July, Mr. Bishop spoke at Mr. Trump’s rally in Greenville, N.C., in which the crowd responded to the president’s attacks on Representative Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born Democrat, with chants of “send her back!”

The election was effectively the last campaign of the 2018 season, and what alarmed national Republicans was how ominously it recalled the midterm elections: As with so many races last year, a centrist Democrat raised significantly more money than the Republican candidate. And it happened in a historically conservative district that is now tilting toward the political center because of the suburban drift away from the G.O.P.

Republicans shouldn't get too excited about North Carolina

Republicans shouldn't get too excited about North Carolina President Trump took a victory lap on Twitter last night, crediting himself with Dan Bishop's win in North Carolina's 9th congressional district, and bragging that Bishop would have lost without him. TweetBut Bishop merely retained a congressional seat drawn by Republicans for Republicans. This close shave should serve as a serious warning to conservatives that 2020, up and down the ticket, will be a blood bath if things keep going like this. Southern suburbs are showing an increasing impatience with Trump's Republican Party, such that the GOP cannot bank on winning in states like North Carolina and Georgia.

State election officials then ordered a special election ; Harris decided not to run, and Bishop — a state senator best known for sponsoring North He visited a Bishop campaign call center, delivered remarks at Wingate University and visited two barbecue restaurants with the Republican candidate.

A do-over congressional election in North Carolina may test whether suburban voters who were once reliably President Trump on stage with Republican congressional candidate Dan Bishop , right Bishop , a social conservative who won the GOP primary in May, was known before this race as a

At Olde Providence Elementary School in Charlotte on Tuesday afternoon, voters moved in and out of their polling place at a steady trickle, braving 93-degree heat and a gantlet of volunteers for local campaigns who lined the sidewalk outside.

The elementary school is surrounded by a relatively prosperous clutch of neighborhoods in South Charlotte — exactly the kind of place where Mr. McCready needed to rack up votes if he was to score an upset.

Stephanie Dillon exited the polling place with her seven-week-old son, Wells, in a stroller. She considers herself a political independent and she recalled voting for Mitt Romney in a previous presidential election.

Ms. Dillon, 34, represented a kind of nightmare-scenario voter for Mr. Bishop and Mr. Trump. Her conservatism is of the fiscal and business-friendly variety. She works in human resources, though she is on maternity leave now, and has seen the pressures that businesses must overcome to survive. But this time around, she voted for Mr. McCready.

She is not an immigration hard-liner (Mr. Bishop has referred to himself as “pro-wall”) and she has very few kind things to say about President Trump. “The whole kind of sexist persona totally turns me off,” she said, adding, “Why is he spending his time tweeting to celebrities?”

Caroline Penland, 44, a Republican, said she voted for Mr. Bishop. She is a reliable Republican voter, and a Christian who opposes abortion and favors “keeping God in schools.” She also favors some gun control, after being deeply affected by a 2012 shooting that occurred at the high school from which she graduated.

But now, she said, was not a time to stray from the Republican fold. She voted for Mr. Trump and would do so again. “From an economical standpoint he’s doing really well,” she said.

“First of all, he’s in my party. And I’m going to stick to my party right now,” Ms. Penland said of Mr. Bishop.

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The North Carolina contest is the second most expensive special election for a House seat in U.S. history, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which Republicans nominated Bishop , who has campaigned on taxes, the economy and immigration. He has echoed Trump’s political themes

In the late afternoon, Mr. Bishop arrived at an elementary school in a suburb southeast of Charlotte, wearing a Carolina-blue dress shirt and slacks. A group of reporters surrounded him and he reiterated his vision, which is squarely pro-Trump.

“The principles I stand for are timeless,” he said. “I think one problem we have is too many politicians shape-shift, and mold themselves to what they think people will want to hear and I don’t do that.”

Indeed, the fliers his supporters handed out painted a stark contrast between Mr. Bishop (“The Right Dan”) and Mr. McCready (“The Wrong Dan”), noting Mr. Bishop’s support for Mr. Trump’s border wall, his N.R.A. endorsement, his anti-abortion stance and his endorsement from Mr. Trump.

Mr. Bishop criticized the Democratic Party for a leftward lurch, and said that his opponent, who considers himself a moderate, has received funding from “the farthest-left sources of money in the country.”

The race, he said, was “a clear clash of different visions.”

“I represent a Trump vision of America. I join in President Trump’s vision of America of a booming economy and taxes that are lower and jobs that are more plentiful and border security and the idea of American exceptional continuing into the indefinite future.”

Mr. Bishop shook a few hands of voters as they made their way in to the polls, then huddled for an extended period of time with one man in shorts and a ball cap. After the man went inside, Mr. Bishop spoke with William Brawley, a former state representative who was defeated in 2018, and was handing out pro-Bishop fliers.

“What was his beef?” Mr. Brawley said of the man in the cap.

“Doesn’t like Donald Trump,” Mr. Bishop replied.

Richard Fausset reported from Charlotte and Jonathan Martin from Washington, D.C.

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