President Trump swiftly took credit for Republican Dan Bishop’s victory over Democrat Dan McCready in a special election yesterday, claiming they “changed his strategy together.” But while the GOP successfully avoided what could have been a demoralizing loss, Bishop’s margin of victory fell far short of Trump’s 11-point win there in 2016. Analysts suggest many other swing districts could still be “up for grabs” ahead of next year’s elections.
How much does Trump affect local races? If multiplied across other districts, suburban defections — which benefited McCready — could pose a threat to the president’s reelection.
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