Democrats and the media have been pushing the idea that the special elections in North Carolina this week were a referendum on Trump.
They were hoping for a win which they could hold up as evidence of Trump’s vulnerability in 2020.
But the Democrats lost, and it had a little bit to do with Trump himself.
FOX News reports:
Dems admit Trump helped GOP candidates sweep North Carolina special elections
In a major victory for both President Trump and national Republicans, North Carolina GOP state Sen. Dan Bishop was projected to win a fiercely contested special U.S. House election for the 9th District that was widely seen as a bellwether for the president’s chances in the 2020 election.
And another Republican House candidate, Greg Murphy, decisively won a separate special election in North Carolina’s more solidly GOP-leaning 3rd District earlier Tuesday evening — frustrating Democrats who spent millions trying to make a splash in the state.
Even Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairwoman Cheri Bustos acknowledged that the president contributed to Bishop’s win, writing in a statement that “we fell an inch short tonight, but it took more than $6 million in outside Republican spending and a last-minute Trump rally” to seal Democratic candidate Dan McCready’s fate in the 9th District.
The clean sweep heartened the president, who has long emphasized the national implications at stake. Trump unloaded on McCready in the fiery rally on Monday night, telling attendees that “to stop the far-left, you must vote in tomorrow’s special election.”
Dan Bishop’s supporters were pretty excited about the win.
— Dan Bishop (@jdanbishop) September 11, 2019
Mike Pence even called Bishop to say congratulations:
This is Trump’s campaign manager:
Huge victories tonight in North Carolina in NC-3 & especially NC-9.
Congrats to Congressmen-elect Murphy & Bishop!@realDonaldTrump made a personal difference in NC and lent his entire operation to the team effort.
Disappointing for media who already had 2020 script written!
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) September 11, 2019
This is absolutely true.
Tonight, Republicans were victorious because @realDonaldTrump’s pro-growth record is resonating with North Carolinians.
Despite being massively outspent by Dems, POTUS traveled to the District, rallied voters, and put Dan Bishop over the top in #NC09!
— GOP (@GOP) September 11, 2019
A sad night for Democrats and the media, but a victory for everyone else.