Democrats and the media have been saying for days that this special election in North Carolina would be a referendum on Trump and his chances for winning in 2020.

Trump held a rally in the state on Monday night for Republican Dan Bishop. His efforts paid off, as Bishop declared victory 24 hours later over Democrat Dan McCready.

Steven Shepard reports at Politico:

Republican Dan Bishop narrowly wins North Carolina special election

Republican Dan Bishop narrowly defeated Democrat Dan McCready to win a North Carolina battleground district on Tuesday, holding a traditionally Republican seat in a rare do-over election following a 2018 race marred by allegations of fraud.

The Associated Press called the race in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District with Bishop leading McCready 50.6 percent to 48.8 percent, with 95 percent of precincts reporting.

The two candidates were battling for a seat Republicans have held for decades but which has sat vacant since the 2018 midterm election result — an apparent 905-vote victory for Republican Mark Harris over McCready — was thrown out over credible evidence of election fraud committed by one of Harris’ campaign contractors. Harris declined to run in the new election ordered by the state elections board, and Bishop won the Republican nomination in a primary this spring.

Here are two clips of Bishop’s victory speech:

Mike Pence called to congratulate him:

You can see the results below:

As usual, Trump and Republicans lose by winning, and Democrats win by losing:

The last word goes to this guy:

Featured image via YouTube.

 
 
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