Today’s special election in North Carolina is a pre-2020 test for Trump

Today’s special election in North Carolina is a pre-2020 test for Trump

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Today's special election in North Carolina could serve as a stepping stone to House majority for the GOP.

Yesterday, the president held a rally in the state that was a Republican stronghold in 2016 in hopes of helping Republicans keep a House seat there, and to test the waters ahead of the 2020 elections.

Trump's remarks: The president spoke before a crowd of MAGA-hat wearing supporters, calling on them to vote for Sen. Dan Bishop and slamming Democrats, who are “not big believers in religion."

"Tomorrow is your chance to send a clear message to the America-hating left...Tomorrow, we take the first steps in firing Speaker Nancy Pelosi and winning back the House."

"North Carolina, in our country, got hit the hardest, that was a little bit of a surprise, but one thing about North Carolina is you can take it and you’ll build it quickly and you’ll build it beautifully and you’ll be back sooner than anybody ever thought," he said.

Why is this race important? In 2016, the president won in North Carolina by 11 points and the vacant seat that Bishop and Dan McCready, the Democratic contender, are fighting for has been held by GOP representatives since 1963, when John F. Kennedy was president, reported the Associated Press.

Although this suggests that Bishop could easily win the race, polls indicated a tight election. "A win by McCready would send a dramatic warning sign to Republicans over their 2020 chances; even a narrow GOP victory in the deep-red district would be cause for concern," writes Shannon Pettypiece.

The race also serves as a test for President Trump's 2020 battle. "I'm confident – very confident, especially with our economy the way it is," 75-year-old Delta Nordhorn from NC told USA Today.

In addition to President Trump's visit, the vice president and Bishop campaigned by bus Monday, emphasizing the all hands on deck effort to secure a win for Republicans.

Why is there a special election? Bishop won the House seat last year, but the win was invalidated after evidence of election fraud.

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