Elections

President Trump will rally for Dan Bishop in Fayetteville on election eve

President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Fayetteville on Sept. 9, the night before a special congressional election in the 9th District.

The Trump campaign announced the rally Tuesday, fulfilling a promise he made in a tweet last week to return to the state to campaign for Republican Dan Bishop. Trump will rally at the Fayetteville Regional Airport at 7 p.m.

Bishop faces Democrat Dan McCready and two third-party candidates in the special election. The election was called after allegations of election fraud caused state officials to nullify the election last fall. The seat has been vacant since January.

The president’s visit will cap a campaign that’s drawn other members of his family and administration.

Donald Trump Jr. is scheduled to appear with Bishop Wednesday in Monroe. Karen Pence, wife of the vice president, headlined a Charlotte fundraiser last week.

Trump’s visit could help Bishop rally the Republican base in what’s expected to be a low-turnout election.

“This is going to be a very close race and . . . come down really to the wire,” Pence told Bishop supporters last week. “This race comes down to turnout.”

In response to the announcement of Trump’s visit, McCready tweeted: “Mr. President, here’s a thought: when you come to #nc09, try dropping the false attacks for a day and meeting with some voters. You’d see how much people are struggling with healthcare costs. I’d be happy to work with you to lower rx costs and put people over politics for once.”

Trump came to Fayetteville in December 2016 as part of a tour to thank supporters in battleground states.

Earlier that year, a Trump rally in Fayetteville made headlines when a 78-year-old supporter was charged with assault after videos showed him sucker-punching a protester in the crowd. Trump later said he considered paying the man’s legal costs.

Trump came to Greenville, NC, July 17, for his own campaign rally. Then, the crowd’s chants of “Send her back” and Trump’s lack of action in stopping the chants, reverberated for weeks. The chants were targeted toward Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Muslim congresswoman with whom he had been sparring. She became a U.S. citizen as a teenager after moving from Somalia to the United States as a refugee.

For information on getting tickets to the rally, go to donaldjtrump.com/rallies/sep-noca-2019.

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Jim Morrill, who grew up near Chicago, covers state and local politics. He’s worked at the Observer since 1981 and taught courses on North Carolina politics at UNC Charlotte and Davidson College.
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