Early results show Bishop, McCready locked in tight race in NC District 9

Jim Morrill, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Political News

Bishop mobilized hundreds of volunteers who manned phone banks and went door-to-door. McCready's campaign claimed to have knocked on 100,000 doors over the weekend.

A spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has said much of the group's $5 million investment in the race was on under-the-radar grassroots organizing.

The DCCC decided "to quietly invest in the race ... and avoid an air war that would nationalize the race," spokesman Cole Leiter said. 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.

ABC News reported Tuesday that groups such as the Progressive Turnout Project, a national grassroots field organization, focused their turnout efforts on inconsistent voters to help McCready.

Early results were delayed when the State Board of Elections voted to extend voting in Mecklenburg's Precinct 220 by 25 minutes after a gas leak forced the precinct's closing at 5 p.m. Mecklenburg officials said voters were sent to an adjacent Mint Hill precinct.


(Staff writers Teo Armus and Lauren Lindstrom contributed to this report.)

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