Trump to hold campaign rally in North Carolina day before special House election

Trump to hold campaign rally in North Carolina day before special House election
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President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE’s reelection campaign announced Tuesday he will hold a rally in Fayetteville, N.C., on Sept. 9 as he seeks to solidify support in a key swing state and support the Republican candidate just a day before a special House election.

The rally is the second in North Carolina since July. His last rally in the Tar Heel State was punctuated by “send her back” chants that erupted from the crowd in reference to Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar targeted by suspicious substance deemed not hazardous Omar, Klobuchar lead charge seeking Congressional Gold Medal for Prince Dozens of Democrats call for spending bill to pass 'climate test' MORE (D-Minn.), who came the country as a refugee from Somalia as a child and has emerged as a fierce critic of Trump in Congress.

The rally will also come the day before the special election in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, in which Fayetteville partially falls. The president has endorsed Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop in the contest and said on Tuesday the candidate will appear onstage with him.

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Bishop will face off against Democrat Dan McCready in a special House election taking place after state officials determined that a vote last November was tainted by pervasive fraud. 

The Republican candidate in November, Mark HarrisMark HarrisIdaho GOP's power struggle underscores fissures in party Hillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — Facebook faces critics on kids' safety North Carolina political operative pleads guilty to ballot fraud MORE, prevailed over McCready by just more than 900 votes, but the results were never certified by the state election board. Harris opted not to run again in the special election.

"Looking forward to being with Dan Bishop in two weeks, in North Carolina. His opponent believes in Open Borders and Sanctuary Cities, and won’t protect your Second Amendment!" Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

The president has steadily increased the frequency of his campaign events in recent months as the Democratic primary begins to heat up, holding rallies in Florida, Ohio, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, all swing states in the general election.

The North Carolina rally, which will be held at the Fayetteville Regional Airport, is the second rally Trump has held in the state since appearing in Greenville in July.

The Greenville rally took place in the midst of Trump's controversial attacks against Omar and three other freshman congresswomen, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled Republican spin on Biden is off the mark House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting MORE (D-N.Y.)

The president won North Carolina, an increasingly Republican-leaning swing state, over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe real reason Biden is going to the COP26 climate summit Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 MORE by about 3.5 points in 2016.

Besides being a battleground in the presidential race, North Carolina is also home to two of the nation’s most anticipated statewide contests. Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema Advocates frustrated by shrinking legal migration under Biden MORE (R) is running for a second term in the Senate and has already attracted a primary challenger who says the one-term incumbent is insufficiently supportive of the White House. Gov. Roy Cooper (D) is also running for a second term.