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Republicans sweep special elections in North Carolina

Posted at 6:37 PM, Sep 10, 2019

Republican Greg Murphy will win in the special election to replace Walter Jones as the congressman from North Carolina's 3rd District, CNN projects.

In another race on Tuesday, North Carolina state Sen. Dan Bishop will defeat Democrat Dan McCready in the North Carolina 9th District's special congressional election, giving Republicans a narrow victory in the GOP-leaning district where President Donald Trump won by 12 points in 2016.

The race drew national attention as a potential 2020 bellwether, in a district that stretched from the Charlotte suburbs to the military town of Fayetteville. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both made eleventh hour trips to the district on Monday in an effort to bolster Bishop.

The "do-over" special election came after the state board of elections refused to certify the 2018 House race results in the district after fraud allegations, ordering a new election.