Republican Dan Bishop narrowly won Tuesday's special election in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, defeating Democrat Dan McCready, The Associated Press projects.
With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Bishop has 51 percent of the vote, compared to McCready with 49 percent. The district is reliably Republican, and President Trump won here in 2016 by 11 percentage points; he came out to North Carolina on Monday to stump for Bishop, and said a Bishop victory would be the first step in "winning back the House in 2020." Bishop is a conservative and was the lead writer of the bill prohibiting which bathrooms transgender individuals can use.
This was a do-over election, after the November 2018 election results were invalidated once evidence of vote tampering was discovered. McCready ran against Republican Mark Harris in that race, but following very dramatic proceedings, which included his son testifying that he told his dad he shouldn't hire an operative known for using illegal tactics, Harris announced he would not run again.
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