Dan Bishop wins primary, will represent Republican Party in NC-9 special election

Published: May. 14, 2019 at 11:25 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Dan Bishop was declared the winner of the Republican primary Tuesday night and will represent the GOP against Democrat Dan McCready in the special election for the open house seat in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District in September.

The NCGOP sent out a press release congratulating Bishop after an outright win in the primary Tuesday night.

The Republican primary included ten candidates. Bishop recognized and thanked his fellow primary candidates during his election night party.

“Voters in NC-9 deserve a clear choice and we’re going to give them one,” Bishop said at his election night party to cheers and applause.

RESULTS: U.S. House District 9 GOP Primary

McCready sent out a statement in response to Bishop’s primary win Tuesday night.

“I got into this race because I felt a calling to serve our country, but what keeps me in this race is a calling to serve the people. After all of the election fraud perpetrated by my opponent, it would have been easy to throw in the towel, but the Marine Corps taught me that you don’t take on a fight because it’s easy, you take on a fight because it’s the right thing to do. I’m still fighting for everyone in our district who deserves lower healthcare costs, great public schools and a secure Medicare, but we can’t let Senator Bishop get to Washington with his agenda to continue to destroy thousands of jobs, keep medication unaffordable, and undermine public school teachers," McCready said in the statement.

The special election comes after the State Board of Elections voted unanimously in favor of a new election after a hearing on election fraud and absentee ballot tampering in Bladen County.

The seat has been vacant since Robert Pittenger left office at the end of 2018. Mark Harris, who beat Pittenger in the 2018 primary election and narrowly won over McCready, called for a new election at the end of a NCSBE hearing into alleged voter fraud in the general election.

McCready is the sole democrat in the special election and will face off with Bishop in the general election.

In March, Bishop said in a prepared statement that McCready "is the wrong Dan in this race.”

Bishop, an attorney, is best known for being one of the authors of House Bill 2, the so-called bathroom bill. The law attracted national attention and boycotts before it was partially repealed.

The general election will be Sept. 10, which coincides with Charlotte’s municipal primaries.

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