(WNCT/AP) Republican Dan Bishop has won North Carolina 9th Congressional District special election.
A Republican who aligned himself closely with President Donald Trump has won a do-over North Carolina congressional election forced after findings of ballot fraud last year.
Dan Bishop beat Democrat Dan McCready and two other candidates Tuesday in the 9th Congressional District, which has been held by Republicans since 1963.
The race was seen as a measure of popularity for Trump, who campaigned for Bishop on Monday in Fayetteville.
The 55-year-old Bishop is a state senator best known for sponsoring a 2016 state law that blocked local anti-discrimination rules protecting LGBT residents. The law was repealed after it prompted a national outcry and boycotts that The Associated Press estimated cost North Carolina $3.7 billion.
Bishop didn’t run in last year’s election, which was scrapped after allegations of ballot tampering by a Republican political consultant.
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(WNCT) Across our state Republicans and Democrats have a close eye on today’s special election in North Carolina Congressional District 9 race.
Democrat Dan McCready faces Republican Dan Bishop for a house seat vacant since 2018’s close election gave way to allegations of absentee ballot fraud.
That prompted state officials to call for a new vote.
President Trump has been supporting Bishop even holding a rally in Fayetteville last night.
For McCready, Democrats hold an eight-point voter registration advantage in the district.
Although a Republican has held the seat for more than 50 years.
Both parties see the vote as a prelude to 2020.
Reports say groups have spent millions of dollars in the race.