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North Carolina Special Election Attracts Millions From Outside Groups

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North Carolina Republican House candidate Dan Bishop (Chuck Burton/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 14 August 2019 10:59 AM

Outside groups are pouring money into a special election next month for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District as Republicans and Democrats look for a symbolic victory in an off-year election, OpenSecrets News reports.

Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop will face off on Sept. 10 against Democrat Dan McCready, a businessman and Marine veteran. McCready ran for the seat in 2018, but the election results were thrown out by the state’s Board of Elections over allegations of fraud by the campaign of his opponent, pastor Mark Harris.

While campaign donations raised by the candidates total $3.2 million for McCready and $1.2 million for Bishop, PACs, super PACs, and nonprofit groups supporting the candidates have spent $3.2 million, with additional money pledged before next month’s election.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has spent $1.1 million on the race so far on TV ads attacking McCready over his connections to lobbyists. The ads also hit the Democratic candidate, who founded an investment fund for solar energy, over his support for tax breaks for renewable energy initiatives. The NRCC has also reserved an additional $2.6 million for air time before the election.

Bishop also has the support of two conservative PACS, the Congressional Leadership Fund and Club for Growth Action, which are spending a total of $1.3 million on the race.

Outside support for McCready has come from the Environmental Defense Action Fund and EDF Action Votes, which have spent $586,000 combined on the race, as well as VoteVets Action Fund, a group that has spent $227,000 so far.

National political observers of both parties see the race as an indicator of voter sentiment leading into next year’s general election. The 9th District has been represented by a Republican since 1963, though its boundaries were modified in 2016. President Donald Trump carried the state by 12 points in 2016.

A second special election will also take place the same day for the state’s 3rd Congressional District to fill the seat left vacant by the Feb. 10 death of Republican Rep. Walter Jones. Former Greenville mayor Allen West is the Democratic candidate opposite Republican state Rep. Greg Murphy in that contest.

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Outside groups are pouring money into a special election next month for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District as Republicans and Democrats look for a symbolic victory in an off-year election, OpenSecrets News reports. Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop will face off on...
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