NC-03/NC-09 – Polls are open across two North Carolina Congressional Districts holding special elections; one to fill a vacancy after the death of a longtime incumbent, and the other to fill a seat open since the 2018 election was thrown out for suspicion of fraud.
The former, the Third District, is a contest between Republican state house member and surgeon from Greenville Greg Murphy and Former Democratic Mayor of Greenville from Allen Thomas. Murphy has run solid get out the vote operations in both primaries he faced, but will still need a solid election day turn out from Republicans to secure continued Republican representation for eastern North Carolina. The victor will serve the remainder of the late Congressman Walter Jones’ term and then run again in 2020.
That means effectively campaigning non-stop for two straight years, which is something the Democrat candidate in the Ninth District knows all about. Dan McCready has been running continuously since launching his campaign two and a half years ago. After losing to Mark Harris he incredibly emerged from the electoral fraud scandal a winner by decision and stepped right into raising big money from national Democratic special interest groups and Nancy Pelosi puppets.
But Republican Dan Bishop is not Mark Harris, and the flood of outside money has not put this race away as the Democrats had hoped it would. The strength of Bishop’s candidacy, with his own back up from Big League allies in President Trump and Vice President Pence, has turned what was a foreboding sense of scandal-fueled defeat for Republicans into a very winnable race. More than that it’s a chance for Republicans to give themselves a booster shot before the big races in 2020.
That boost energy arrived in the form of President Donald Trump last night in the Ninth District. To a huge crowd in Fayetteville, the president encouraged Republicans across the Ninth and Third Districts to get out and vote Tuesday before lighting up McCready for his de facto support of sanctuary city policies that endanger North Carolinians.
“To stop the far-left, you must vote in tomorrow’s special election,” Trump told attendees, before slamming Democratic candidate Dan McCready as a dangerous proponent of “sanctuary cities” and rolling back gun rights.
“Just recently, Mecklenburg County set free an illegal alien charged with first-degree rape and crimes against a child,” Trump said, his voice rising. “Support for sanctuary cities is disloyalty to American cities — and McCready wants sanctuary cities, with all of their protections for people who are serious criminals. Tomorrow is your chance to send a clear message to the America-hating left.”
The day is now upon us, and if you have any inclination to help send that message the president speaks of, please hit the polls and bring your (Republican) friends!