This “redo” election is crucial! It’s the result of flagrant Republican vote fixing in the 2018 election. The fraudsters were caught and now we have an excellent chance of flipping this seat to Blue.
You haven’t heard much about this election yet, but early voting has already begun and the results are guaranteed to be front page news when polls close on September 10.
This article explains why the race is so pivotal:
(BTW, now would be a perfect time to support the awesome Democratic contender, Dan McCready.)
The last U.S. House contest of 2018 and the first congressional test ahead of 2020 sits in North Carolina, where a re-do election in the state’s 9th Congressional District is teeing up a tough battle between Republicans, who are defending a district that President Donald Trump carried by 12 points in 2016, and Democrats hope will extend their 2018 rout by one.
A Democratic victory in the contest – between Marine veteran and small business owner Dan McCready and Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop – would not only be a major upset for Republicans in a district long considered out of reach for Democrats, but it could also potentially stifle the GOP’s hopes early of reclaiming a House majority in 2020.
For the GOP, the costly, competitive race is seen by some as a must-win after the resounding rebuke of their agenda and Democrats’ 40-seat gain in 2018.
A Republican loss “reinforces the dynamics coming out of the 2018 election that Republicans are increasingly struggling in urban and suburban districts,” said Eric Heberlig, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. "It’s a message that … districts that have traditionally been theirs, and they still should have the advantage in, are still breaking against them, and similar districts going into 2020 are at severe risk."
The race, the first congressional election to be redone since 1974, is in a district that borders South Carolina and currently extends from Charlotte’s suburbs to more rural areas east of the city after being redrawn in 2016 – representative of the exact areas Trump needs to win to secure his reelection.
“What would be different, say, about NC-09 – and many of the suburban districts we saw flip over in 2018 – is that this is the South,” Herberlig continued. “The South suburbs has traditionally been the heart of the Republican base.”
On Thursday, Trump tweeted his endorsement of Bishop and said he was “looking forward to soon being in North Carolina to hold a big rally for wonderful Dan Bishop,” signaling a late push by the president to buoy the state senator. The Trump campaign also emailed supporters Friday asking for donations to be split between Bishop and the president’s joint fundraising committee, Trump Make America Great Again Committee.
If Bishop edges out a win, the contest could provide a battle-tested pathway for GOP candidates seeking to win back those seats currently held by Democrats in Trump-won districts.
The race is currently in the home stretch, with the general election slated for Sept. 10, after the North Carolina State Board of Elections never certified the 2018 results and voted unanimously earlier this year to hold a new election after a dramatic, months-long investigation into election fraud by a Republican operative hired by Harris. Democrats’ hopes of winning in 2019 are boosted by the fact that, even with the presence of fraud marring the results, McCready was only narrowly defeated by then-Republican candidate Mark Harris by 905 votes.
The contest has seen more outside spending than any other race so far this year, except for the presidential election. With just a couple of weeks to go before the special election, at least $6 million of outside money has been either spent or secured by outside party committees, super PACs and politically active nonprofits, more than two-thirds of which is coming from the pro-Bishop side.
With so much Republican super PAC money flowing into the district, this is going to be a very hard fought race for Democrats. But if we can take this, it will prove to the nation that the Blue Wave is building into a tsunami for 2020! Go McCready!