Rep. Dan Bishop

NC State Senator Dan Bishop (R) celebrates his victory in NC’s 9th Congressional district race – 9/10/19. The race was widely viewed as a 2020 bellwether. Screen grab via his Twitter page.


Republican State Senator Dan Bishop has been declared by multiple media outlets to be the winner of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional district race against Democrat Dan McCready:

This celebratory video was posted on Bishop’s Twitter feed moments later:

Trump is, of course, taking a share of the credit. Heh:

As of this writing, Bishop is ahead by about 4,000 votes with all but two precincts reporting. Via Politico:

NC09 results via Politico

McCready has conceded:

In advance of today’s contest, the race had been widely portrayed as a bellwether race for 2020 by the mainstream media and Democratic political analysts. Will be interesting to see how they spin it now that the Republican has won.

McCready also had a big money advantage over Bishop, but in the end he came up short.

Here’s a roundup of news/commentary/reactions on the race from pollsters, Democrats, Republicans, (disappointed) journalists, etc:

The “Stacey Abrams won” wing of the Democratic party has some thoughts:

But here’s the reality of what the situation on the ground here has been like:

NC 11th Congressional district Rep. Mark Meadows (R) weighs in:

Bishop is already on it:

Just a reminder: This race is the last race of the 2018 election cycle. Bishop will have to turn around in a few months and begin campaigning again for the seat for the 2020 election cycle:

Enjoy these next few weeks of no political ads while you can, my fellow North Carolinians. 😉

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