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 TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix 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 OmarOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy 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 HarrisNorth Carolina political operative pleads guilty to ballot fraud The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP makes infrastructure play; Senate passes Asian hate crimes bill Hillicon Valley: Intelligence agency gathers US smartphone location data without warrants, memo says | Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian hack on DOJ, courts | Airbnb offers Biden administration help with vaccine distribution 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.