Trump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate

Trump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE on Thursday evening tweeted a forthcoming rally in North Carolina in support of Republican congressional candidate Dan Bishop.

Trump did not specify the date of his appearance, but without naming Bishop’s Democratic opponent Dan McCready, accused McCready of “lik[ing] the ‘Squad’ more than North Carolina,” in reference to four progressive freshman members of Congress Trump has repeatedly attacked in recent months.

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At Trump’s most recent North Carolina rally, controversy erupted after the crowd began chanting “Send her back” in reference to one of the four, Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Omar asks Twitter what it's doing in response to Trump spreading 'lies that put my life at risk' Trump seeks to expand electoral map with New Mexico rally MORE (D-Minn.), a Somali refugee. Trump has since said he did not approve of the chant but allowed it to continue for several seconds at the time.

The special election between Bishop and McCready is set for Sept. 10. Republican Mark HarrisMark HarrisThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate Why my American Indian tribe voted Republican in NC's special election North Carolina race raises 2020 red flags for Republicans, Democrats MORE led McCready by 905 counts in returns for the 2018 race, but amid allegations of voter fraud, the North Carolina State Board of Elections declined to certify the results. Harris did not file to run in the special election.

Only one poll of the race has been publicly released thus far, and shows the two tied at 46 percent. The Hill has reached out to the Trump campaign for clarification.