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North Carolina gears up for competitive special election in 9th District

Simone Pathe, CQ-Roll Call on

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"Will China Dan be Steyer's running mate???" blared an email from the National Republican Congressional Committee on Tuesday. The NRCC has also called the Democrat "Dan McChina," alluding to allegations that McCready's company invested in solar farms with ties to a company that purchased parts from China. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC backed by GOP leadership, is accusing McCready's company of outsourcing. An attorney for the company told WFAE those attacks were "demonstrably false."

Bishop's campaign has also hit McCready for positions espoused by Democratic presidential candidates in last month's debates, such as covering health care for immigrants are in the country illegally.

McCready said during the 2018 campaign that he would not vote for Pelosi for speaker. "I'll always put country over party," McCready says in a recent TV spot.

Reminiscent of the midterm strategy that netted them 40 seats last fall, Democrats have tried to tie Bishop to the national GOP on health care and taxes. In rolling out a plan to lower prescription drug costs last month, McCready promised to stand up to "Big Pharma and special interests," underscoring a get-money-out-of-politics message.

In appeals for contributions, McCready and his allies have leaned into Bishop's sponsorship of the so-called bathroom bill, a state law that required people using bathrooms in government-run facilities to use the room corresponded to the sex on their birth certificates. The 9th District is still a conservative district, but Democrats hope that the economic impact of HB2 may turn off some business-friendly suburban voters from Bishop.

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And now they have a new headline to argue that Bishop is too extreme for the district. A McCready fundraising email Tuesday circulated a Huffington Post headline that read, "Republican Compared Anti-LGBTQ Proposal To Saving Jews From Holocaust." Bishop had referred to Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who helped Jews escape the Nazi regime, in an email about securing exemptions for business owners from local anti-discrimination laws.

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