Republican Dan Bishop Wins North Carolina Election

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On Tuesday, Republican Dan Bishop narrowly won a special election in North Carolina for a seat in the House of Representatives. The election was a holdover from the 2018 midterm elections; a new election was ordered after allegations of ballot tampering by an aide to then-GOP nominee Mark Harris. Republican groups donated more than $6 million in order to gain a win for Bishop.

Right-leaning coverage from Fox News emphasises the implications of Bishop’s win for President Trump. The article states that Trump contributed to Bishop’s win in North Carolina, noting that outside spending and a Trump rally helped to contribute to Bishop’s success. Trump touted the significance of the win, noting that it might sway the result of the 2020 Republican National Committee convention, which will take place in North Carolina.

Left-leaning coverage from the New York Times stated the the election “demonstrated President Trump’s appeal with his political base but also highlighted his party’s deepening unpopularity with suburban voters.” The article also emphasizes the election fraud on the GOP side in the 2018 midterm election in North Carolina. Furthermore, the article suggests, the victory in the election improves Republicans’ chances of retaking the House in 2020.

Centrist coverage from NPR notes that the North Carolina election has been plagued by scandal, making it the final race of the 2018 midterm elections to be completed. Furthermore, the article notes that Trump has credited himself for Bishop’s victory; the president tweeted “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.” Unlike the Fox article, the NPR article that the fact the Bishop won by a narrow margin suggests that Democrats are poised to exert pressure on Republicans and expand their House majority in 2020.