Donald Trump claims credit in N. Carolina election win

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President Donald Trump is taking credit for turning around a faltering Republican congressional candidate and hoisting him to victory in a North Carolina special election.

Trump wrote on Twitter late Tuesday that Dan Bishop was down by 17 points three weeks ago, but after the 9th Congressional District candidate asked Trump for help, "we changed his strategy together."

Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump

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. @CNN & @MSNBC are moving their big studio equipment and talent out. Stay tuned!

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There's no evidence from public polling that Bishop ever trailed Democrat Dan McCready by such a large margin. Private polls and campaign consultants had described the race as very close. Bishop's victory margin was about 2% with nearly all precincts reporting.

The race was seen as a measure of popularity for Trump, who campaigned for Bishop on Monday in Fayetteville. The 9th Congressional District has been held by Republicans since 1963.

Bishop’s winning margin was far less than the 11 percentage points by which Trump captured the district in 2016. And it was only slightly greater than when then-GOP candidate Mark Harris seemed to win the seat over McCready, 36, last year - before those results were annulled after evidence surfaced of vote tampering

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