CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Associated Press says Republican Dan Bishop has won the special election for the house seat in North Carolina’s ninth congressional district.
Bishop’s main opponent was Democrat Dan McCready, who was also a candidate in the Nov. 2018 election that led to an investigation into election fraud. Libertarian Jeff Scott and Green Party candidate Allen Smith were also candidates in the special election for the house seat that has been vacant for months.
In regards to voter turnout, state board of elections officials said there were approximately 506,000 eligible voters in the ninth Congressional District.
Bishop spoke to supporters in a victory speech Tuesday night.
“Tonight is a victory for all who believe in the promise of America,” Bishop said after going through a long list of Thank Yous.
Bishop thanked United States President Donald Trump, just as Trump was tweeting about the victory.
“Last night I told President Trump we’re not tired of winning," Bishop said. “Now the campaign is over and we must get to work governing. I’m going to Washington with clear eyes and a steel spine.”
Dan McCready spoke to supporters after conceding defeat in the election Tuesday night.
McCready said he and his supporters may not have won this campaign but it doesn’t mean they were wrong. McCready said there’s no doubt their efforts moved the country forward.
He said he wishes Dan Bishop the best.
On Tuesday evening, the State Board of Elections held a special meeting and approved to extend voting at a polling location in Mecklenburg County by 25 minutes due to a gas leak that forced people to evacuate for about 25 minutes around 5 p.m.
The NCSBE held a previous special meeting to discuss a request made by NCGOP and Dan Bishop to extend voting for a precinct in Union County after a wrong address for one precinct was reportedly posted on the county board of elections website. The meeting ended with no board member making any motion to extend the voting at that one precinct.
State officials ordered Tuesday’s special election after finding evidence of election fraud in 2018.
The investigation began in late November after the NCSBE voted to not certify the results of the 9th Congressional District race where Republican Mark Harris led Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes after the November general election.
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 had 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 fraud in the general election.
Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence returned to North Carolina for a final stump on Monday, Sept. 9 ahead of the hotly-contested special election.
McCready is a military veteran and solar energy entrepreneur. Bishop has worked as a lawyer for years and currently serves in the state senate. Last month, the two leading candidates took part in a special debate hosted by WBTV and the Charlotte Observer.
Four counties that closed early voting because of Hurricane Dorian are getting a make-up day to vote early, the North Carolina State Board of Elections announced Friday.
The counties of Bladen, Cumberland, Robeson and Scotland in the Congressional District 9 special election were closed for certain portions of the one-stop early voting period. The move came after Bishop and McCready called on the state board of elections to extend early voting due to Dorian’s impact on the Carolinas.