MONROE – Former Union County Republican Party Chairman Dan Barry said Union County will be ground zero in the upcoming special election for the 9th District Congressional seat.
Voters in the district that stretches from southern Mecklenburg County to Fayetteville will again vote for a new congressman after the North Carolina Board of Elections ordered a re-do of last November’s race after allegations of absentee ballot fraud rocked the race.
“Union County will dominate the primary,” Barry said March 9 at the Union County Republican Party Convention. “When you look at the voter statistics and where your core, traditional Republican primary voters are in Union County, they are in the western part of Union County. If you dominated Union County, you could win the primary and avoid a run-off.”
Barry said he expects Republicans will rally around the winner of the primary and the election will come down to which party can get its voters to the polls. Over 282,000 voters cast ballots in the district last November but Barry expects that number to drop to around 50,000 this time around.
Barry said the controversy around the 9th District race has motivated both parties and promised the Republican Party will not be outworked by the Democrats in the general election.
“The Republican base, the core base, is very motivated,” Barry said. “We are not going to let this seat slip away.”
N.C. Rep. Mark Brody (R-Monroe) updated county delegates on plans for the 2020 Republican National Convention, which will be held in Charlotte in August 2020. Brody recently attended the RNC Winter Meeting in New Mexico.
Brody called newly re-elected RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel a “fundraising machine” and said the party will have plenty of resources for the 2020 campaign.
“We are going to be prepared in that area to take on whoever the socialists put forward from the Democrat Party,” Brody said.
Brody said tickets for the RNC Convention will be hard to come by and instead urged delegates to become volunteers.
“If you want to get in, volunteer,” Brody said. “There are going to be thousands of volunteers that we are going to need.”