Everyone in Washington is looking for signals about how 2020 will shake out.
This election will decide who makes the next Supreme Court nominations.
And Donald Trump racked up this big win that sent Ruth Bader Ginsburg into a panic.
The fake news media spent weeks building up the special election in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District.
Republican Dan Bishop faced Democrat Dan McCready.
McCready had a two-year head start in the race as he was the candidate in 2018 that lost to Republican Mark Harris by just a few hundred votes.
But Harris was never seated because the courts deemed he engaged in voter fraud to win the race.
That led to the special election where the Republican started way behind in terms of name recognition, fundraising, and the early vote total.
Two weeks ago the race looked like it was slipping away as Bishop trailed by double digits in the polling.
On the day of the election, the fake news was licking their chops in anticipation of a Democrat delegate.
A loss would mean Trump was toast and the Democrats would likely make the next two to three Supreme Court nominations.
Politico’s Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer wrote that “If Democrats win a seat that TRUMP won by a dozen points just three years ago, Republicans could be in trouble, and no amount of spin will be able to cover that up. This isn’t a modestly red seat; it’s a solidly red seat. Combine an embarrassing loss with countless Republicans jumping ship for retirement, and that’s a troubling picture for the House GOP in 2020. Republicans are already complaining about Bishop — they say he was a bad candidate with the baggage of the notorious bathroom bill in the North Carolina legislature.”
Palmer and Sherman dismissed a possible Republican win by focusing on a possible narrow margin of victory for Bishop as a sign the Trump GOP permanently alienated suburban voters.
But on Election Day, Bishop defeated McCready by two points – which overperformed the margin of victory from 2018 by two points – and held the seat for the GOP.
Credit for the victory was owed to Donald Trump.
Bishop completely embraced Donald Trump and his agenda and invited the President down for an election-eve rally.
The President’s rally boosted turnout and helped to drag Bishop across the finish line.
If President Trump’s presence on the ticket and campaign trail is worth two points down-ballot, then in 2020, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer estimates the GOP can pick up 13 of the 18 seats needed to retake the majority without doing any additional work.
But the biggest takeaway was that the GOP won a must-win special election and it was because voters are still fired up to turn out for President Trump.
If that holds in 2020 the President is a much stronger bet to win re-election than the fake news media gives him credit for.
And a Trump victory means a conservative nominee could replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg should she retire during President Trump’s second term.
Great American Daily will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.