MONROE – The White House helped give N.C. Sen. Dan Bishop an edge over Democratic challenger Dan McCready in the race for the Ninth District House of Representatives seat.
Bishop finished with 3,937 more votes than McCready in the Sept. 10 special election, according to unofficial results.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence campaigned on Bishop’s behalf throughout the Ninth District on Sept. 9. Trump spoke in Fayetteville, while Pence campaigned in Charlotte, Marshville and Wingate, among other stops.
Trump tweeted support for Bishop a few times on Election Day, urging North Carolinians to vote for the Republican.
“Dan Bishop was down 17 points 3 weeks ago,” Trump tweeted before all the precincts were in. “He then asked me for help, we changed his strategy together, and he ran a great race.”
Trump also criticized CNN and MSNBC for barely talking about the District 9 race as it looked like Bishop was going to win.
Bishop had 96,081 votes (50.74%), followed by McCready’s 92,144 (48.66%), Libertarian Jeff Scott’s 767 (0.41%) and Green Party Allen Smith’s 371 (0.20%).
McCready had 7,084 more absentee one-stop votes and 289 mail-in votes than Bishop heading into Sept. 10. Bishop supporters made up that deficit and then some. Bishop had 11,310 more votes than McCready on Election Day.
Bishop thanked Trump, Pence and other supporters during his victory speech at W.H. Harris Lighting Company in Monroe.
“The White House leadership and all our Republican and conservative partners who were there for us every step of the way because they all understood what was at stake in this election,” Bishop said. “I told President Trump we weren’t tired of winning … are we tired of winning y’all? We’re not tired of winning…we’re just getting started because we are seeing the successful results of the President’s agenda.”
Bishop said the election result sent the message that voters said “no to the radical liberal policies being pushed by the Democrat Party.”
The Ninth District spans 210 precincts across eight counties, including Mecklenburg and Union.
Union County was key to Bishop’s campaign, as he had 12,414 more votes than McCready. Bishop had more votes than McCready in 43 of Union County’s 52 precincts.
McCready had the most support in Monroe, notably in precincts like Iglesia De Dios, J Ray Shute Center, Shiloh Elementary School, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Sutton Park Recreation Center, The Bazemore Center and The Old Armory.
He also had more votes at the Beaver Lane Volunteer Fire Department in Marshville and Wingate Community Center in Wingate.
Election Day saw 9,095 more Bishop supporters at the Union County polls, perhaps spurred by the White House.
McCready earned 55.9% of the vote in Mecklenburg County, amassing 8,226 more votes than Bishop. McCready led in 44 of Mecklenburg’s 50 precincts.