Trump takes victory lap after Republicans win in North Carolina

Trump takes victory lap after Republicans win in North Carolina
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE took a victory lap Tuesday night after a pair of Republican victories in North Carolina, including a highly competitive race in the 9th Congressional District that saw Dan Bishop edge out a critical win in what was seen as a bellwether for the GOP. 

“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,” the president tweeted.

Trump held a campaign rally in Fayetteville, N.C., on Monday night to help give a last-minute boost to Bishop, who tied his campaign closely to the White House and its policies. Polling was neck and neck in the weeks leading up to Tuesday night’s finale, as the race was depicted as a referendum on Trump heading into 2020.

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The president on Tuesday night also touted Republican Greg Murphy, who won a less competitive special election in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District.

“Greg Murphy is a big winner in North Carolina 03. Much bigger margins than originally anticipated. Congratulations Greg!” he tweeted.

"BIG NIGHT FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!" Trump later tweeted.

Bishop’s victory in particular will come as a relief to Republicans, as many in the party viewed the results in his race as a testing ground for how well Trump's message will resonate going into the 2020 election. Bishop focused much of his campaign on his support for Trump, discussing the need to build the president’s long-promised wall on the U.S. southern border and accusing Democratic opponent Dan McCready of backing “socialist” policies, a key Republican talking point in Washington.

Still, Bishop's win does not completely erase concerns for the GOP going into 2020.