The congressman-elect who won a highly-contentious special election in North Carolina credited President Donald Trump as being “a tremendous help” to his electoral victory.
During an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday, newly-elected Representative Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) — who won the do-over election for North Carolina’s 9th District — was asked by host Steve Doocy about “how big a help” the president was in his victory over Democratic candidate Dan McCready.
Bishop said that the president was “a tremendous help” during the contest and that Trump’s rally sent them “surging.”
The North Carolina Republican also pointed out that while he had only been running for the seat the past six months, as opposed to McCready who had been campaigning for the spot since the previous election.
Bishop also mentioned that his campaign was only financially competitive with McCready’s for “about six weeks.”
“I was only in this race for six months against someone who was in it for two years,” said Bishop. “And we really only were competitive in terms of funding for about six weeks.”
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“So the president and the vice president stepping in and committing the way they did to this race was tremendous, and a lot of credit goes to the president,” added Bishop.
The special election for North Carolina’s 9th district was triggered after the previous election’s results — which saw Republican candidate Mark Harris win over McCready — were invalidated due to ballot fraud.
The recent victory was seen as a big one for the Republicans, as the election was viewed as a bellwether for Trump’s 2020 re-election chances.
As IJR previously reported, Trump held a rally the day before the election where he torched McCready as wanting “sanctuary cities” and “open borders” while talking up Bishop. He told rally attendees to vote in Tuesday’s special election to “stop the far left.”