By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) For an election that was supposed to be a “bellwether” indicator on President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection chances, according to Democrats, a Republican won a special election in North Carolina Tuesday much to the party’s chagrin.
Republican Dan Bishop won the 9th District race by more than 2 percentage points after Democratic candidate Dan McReady jumped out to an early, large lead and the DNC poured lots of money into the contest.
But then, President Trump decided to jump in and help Bishop out, and now even Democrats are conceding that was the difference.
“Dan Bishop was down 17 points 3 weeks ago. He then asked me for help, we changed his strategy together, and he ran a great race. Big Rally last night. Now it looks like he is going to win. @CNN & @MSNBC are moving their big studio equipment and talent out. Stay tuned!” the president tweeted Tuesday night.
Dan Bishop was down 17 points 3 weeks ago. He then asked me for help, we changed his strategy together, and he ran a great race. Big Rally last night. Now it looks like he is going to win. @CNN & @MSNBC are moving their big studio equipment and talent out. Stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2019
As reported byÂ Fox News, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman Cheri Bustos admitted that the president’s assistance helped Bishop win.
“We fell an inch short tonight, but it took more than $6 million in outside Republican spending and a last-minute Trump rally” to seal Democratic candidate Dan McCready’s fate in the 9th District, she wrote.
McCready’s campaign spent some $4.7 million on the race compared to Bishop’s $1.9 million. Outside spending from the national parties helped Bishop to the tune of about $5.8 million, compared to McCready’s $1.4 million. So in all, the spending was pretty close, dollar-wise.
And again, if the president is so politically toxic, as Democrats claimed that he was, no amount of spending would have put Bishop over the top with Trump’s assistance.
“The clean sweep heartened the president, who has long emphasized theÂ national implications at stake. Trump unloaded on McCreadyÂ in the fiery rallyÂ on Monday night, telling attendees that ‘to stop the far-left, you must vote in tomorrow’s special election,'”Â Fox News reported.
“That effort, Trump said late Tuesday, had clearly paid dividends.”
At a Monday evening rally, President Trump tried out some political attack lines that may have also led to Bishop’s victory.
He called out McCready as a dangerousÂ proponent of “sanctuary cities” and rolling back gun rights.
“Just recently, Mecklenburg CountyÂ set free an illegal alien charged with first-degree rape and crimes against a child,” the president said, his voice rising. “Support for sanctuary cities is disloyalty to American cities â€”Â 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.”
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