North Carolina Republican congressional candidates Dan Bishop and Greg Murphy won the state’s special elections on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the 9th and 3rd Congressional Districts, after getting continued support from President Trump.

In the 9th Congressional District, Republican Dan Bishop defeated Democrat Dan McCready in the special election on Tuesday to represent the district, holding on to a House seat that has been in the Republicans hands since 1963.

President Trump tweeted to congratulate the two candidates.


In a victory speech after the win, Bishop, a strong supporter of Trump and his agenda, cast his win as a triumph for Trump. He said, without the president, his election would not have been possible.

“Last night I told President Trump we weren’t tired of winning,”  Bishop said, “We’re not tired of winning. We’re just getting started winning, because we’re seeing the successful results of President Trump’s agenda,” he added.

Democrat Dan McCready says he called Dan Bishop to concede and to congratulate him on his victory in North Carolina’s congressional race.

McCready is a former Marine who ran last year for the same 9th Congressional District seat. He narrowly trailed his 2018 Republican opponent, Mark Harris, but the election results were invalidated after evidence of election fraud surfaced. A political consultant for Harris was accused of ballot tampering, and Harris opted not to run again, AP reported.

Along the campaign, President Trump showed his continued support to Bishop, both via social networks and rally to boost Bishop winning chance on the key congressional district.

“Vote today for Dan Bishop. Will be great for North Carolina and our Country!” the president tweeted.

On Sept. 9, President Trump held a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina to help Dan Bishop and Greg Murphy. 

Vice President Mike Pence also visited the region to campaign on behalf of Bishop.

Another Republican congressional candidate, Greg Murphy won by a comfortable margin Tuesday in the coastal 3rd Congressional District over Democrat Allen Thomas, a former mayor of Greenville. Murphy will succeed the late Rep. Walter Jones Jr., whose death in February led to the special election.

Murphy said President Trump called him Tuesday to say he “loves eastern North Carolina and looks forward to us working together to help the region.”

That victory was expected, and all eyes were on another House race in the state that could provide clues about Trump’s re-election prospects and Republican chances of retaking the House in 2020.

President Trump tweeted to congratulate him.

“Greg Murphy is a big winner in North Carolina 03. Much bigger margins than originally anticipated. Congratulations Greg!” Trump tweeted.

Includes reporting from The Associate Press