Trump and allies blitz 9th District on last, frenzied day of tight congressional race

Jim Morrill and Annie Ma, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Political News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The president and vice president campaigned across North Carolina's 9th Congressional District on Monday, the frenzied, final day of a special election widely seen not just as razor close but also as a possible harbinger of 2020.

President Donald Trump was scheduled to rally supporters in Fayetteville Monday night for Republican Dan Bishop. Vice President Mike Pence was expected to join him after appearing with Bishop before 550 enthusiastic supporters at Wingate University.

Meanwhile, Democrat Dan McCready urged fellow veterans in Fayetteville to help him get out the vote.

McCready and Bishop were in the final stage of a special election that's garnered national attention and money. Only one other special House election in U.S. history has seen more in outside spending than the nearly $11 million spent in the 9th District.

Trump won the district by nearly 12 points in 2016. But polls show the race is a toss-up. Libertarian Jeff Scott and Allen Smith of the Green Party are also running.

Some have seen the election as a test of Trump's strength in a state he carried in 2016 and which is expected to be a battleground again in 2020. National reporters have swarmed into the district for an election that Pence told supporters at Wingate "has implications all across America."


"In just 1 day, we will either win this critical district, or put President Trump's America First agenda, our efforts to take back the House, and our country's future at stake," Pence wrote in a fundraising email Monday.

Also speaking at Wingate, Bishop cast the election as "a stark choice between freedom and opportunity and socialism."

McCready spokesman Matt Fried said the candidate's response "is exactly what we did today in Fayetteville: Stand with a bipartisan group of vets. They care about putting our country first."

Pence said Bishop reflects the values of the district. He touted what he described as Trump's accomplishments, including a 2017 tax cut. He said McCready would be "one more vote for Nancy Pelosi."


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