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

Jim Morrill and Annie Ma, The Charlotte Observer on

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"There's only one person in this race who has served our country in uniform, who has already fought to keep our country safe, and it ain't Dan Bishop," he said.

Outside spending favored Bishop nearly 2-to-1 over McCready, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. That helped offset what had been McCready's fundraising advantage.

But a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Monday much of its $5 million investment was under the radar.

The DCCC decided "to quietly invest in the race ... and avoid an air war that would nationalize the race," spokesman Cole Leiter said in a news release. Democrats believe that one reason they lost a special election in Georgia two years ago was because of all the national support -- and money -- garnered by Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Conservative Bill Kristol, now a visiting fellow at Davidson College and frequent Trump critic, said Monday the president may expect Bishop to win and wants to share in the spotlight if he does. But if Bishop loses despite the administration's investment of time and attention, "Then you could imagine things may be quite different in 2020 than they were in 2016," Kristol said.

Even before Trump arrived in Fayetteville, it was clear his involvement is important to many Bishop voters. One was George Digh, 66, of Mint Hill.


Standing in line at Wingate to hear Pence, he said he was attending his first political rally. He supports Bishop because "he's a disciple of Donald Trump."

And Ann Hamilton of Monroe said she just wants to vote Republican. "We could lose our freedom of religion if Democrats get in office," said Hamilton, 85. "Plus they're murdering babies."

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