Voters in North Carolina's 3rd and 9th Congressional Districts went to the polls on Tuesday to decide which side of the aisle would control the two seats up for grabs — one to fill the vacant seat of late-Republican Rep. Walter Jones and the other for a re-do election after the results of the 2018 election were tossed out due to fraud allegations against a consultant for a Republican.
Republican Greg Murphy was declared the victor Tuesday night in the 3rd District election, easily defeating Democrat Allen Thomas. With the vast majority of the votes in, Murphy secured 62% of the vote against Thomas's 38%.
The 9th District, which includes the suburbs of Charlotte and stretches east to Fayetteville, has likewise been securely held by Republicans for decades, but many analysts saw the re-do election, which was triggered by accusations of fraud against a consultant for the Republican midterm candidate, as a potential pick-up for Democrats and a strong "test" for Trump, as many outlets framed it.
Despite the vulnerability of the seat, the GOP held firm Tuesday, Republican Dan Bishop narrowly defeating moderate Democrat Dan McCready by around 2%, 51% to 49%.
Dan Bishop was down 17 points 3 weeks ago. He then asked me for help, we changed his strategy together, and he ran a great race. Big Rally last night. Now it looks like he is going to win. @CNN & @MSNBC are moving their big studio equipment and talent out. Stay tuned!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2019
Greg Murphy is a big winner in North Carolina 03. Much bigger margins than originally anticipated. Congratulations Greg!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2019
North Carolina was viewed as a swing state in the last election and winning it helped Trump win the White House. This was seen as a "test" and Trump seemingly passed it.
BIG NIGHT FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2019