Republican North Carolina state Sen. Dan Bishop held a narrow lead in a pivotal special U.S. House election that will not only decide the winner of a long-vacant House seat but could signal how President Trump will perform in the 2020 presidential election.
With 92 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday, Bishop led Democrat Dan McCready by just over 3,800 votes in the race to represent the GOP-leaning 9th Congressional District.
Trump projected confidence Tuesday evening after Republican Greg Murphy was projected to soundly defeat Democrat Allen Thomas in a separate special election in the coastal 3rd District to succeed the late Rep. Walter Jones Jr.
State officials ordered the unusual 9th Congressional District special election earlier this year, invalidating a win by GOP candidate Mark Harris over McCready in the 2018 midterms after uncovering ballot fraud efforts.
“Congratulations to Dr. Greg Murphy on his decisive victory tonight in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District," National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer said in a statement.