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Republican Dan Bishop, supported by Trump, wins short in North Carolina special elections

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Republican Dan Bishop won special elections in North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District on Tuesday, taking control of the Republican Party over a traditionally conservative seat.

President Donald Trump won the Republican Trend District by 12 points in 2016, but polls indicated a tight run in the district, which runs from southern Charlotte to the suburbs of Fayetteville.

The results of the 2018 race were quashed by state election officials, citing details of electoral fraud on Democratic Dan McCarey promoting Republican Mark Harris.

According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, as with all information sites, Bishop led McCarey by nearly two percentage points.

Already, a liberal Democrat, McCone campaigned under the slogan "Party Above the Country", while Bishop embraced Trump wholeheartedly.

Announcing his victory in the election, Bishop wrote on Twitter, "WE DID IT."

Speaking on his party of victory, Bishop said: "I hope the Democrats in Washington bear witness to this incredible victory and feel that what they are doing is not working."

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both went to campaign in North Carolina and national Republican groups spent millions of dollars in the district to promote it.

On Monday night, at his rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Trump was closely involved with the bishop's candidacy and told supporters that Democrats would "try to overcome it" if voters don't win Republicans in the district.

Trump claimed the credit for the victory on Twitter, with the bishop asking for help saying "the bishop lost 3 points 17 weeks ago".

Already, in 2018, runners for the seat gave a more vocal tone after accepting the election.

"Tonight, we failed, but the postponed victory is not a defeat," McCredd wrote on Facebook. "The mission to unify our country is not finished tonight. This mission continues."

Political analysts point out that limited wins were representative of Republican weakness among liberal suburban voters by 2020. The democratic force among those voters helped Democrats win the House of Representatives in 2018.


Dave Wasserman, editor of the United States House of Representatives for Cook Political Report, said on Twitter that "Bishop's 2% win is not encouraging," because the House has 35 fewer Republican seats than the Ninth District.

Republican pollster Frank Luntz said celebrations for the victory were exaggerated.

He said, "Conservative Twitter has celebrated a 2-point victory in +12 of the Republican district, similar to the way Michigan celebrated victory over the Army in double overtime."

Both political parties see North Carolina as a decisive state in the 2020 elections. Former President Barack Obama narrowly won the state in 2008, but the state turned to Republicans in presidential elections.