Trump-backed Republican wins special congressional election in North Carolina: AP

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Trump-backed Republican wins special congressional election in North Carolina: AP

Candidate Dan Bishop listens to Trump at a North Carolina campaign rally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Dan Bishop won a special U.S. congressional election in North Carolina, the Associated Press said on Tuesday, saving a longtime stronghold for President Donald Trump's party and turning back a strong Democratic challenge.

With 95 percent of the vote counted, Bishop, a 55-year-old state senator for whom Trump campaigned, received 50.6 percent versus 48.8 percent for Democrat Dan McCready, a 36-year-old veteran of the Marines, the news agency said.

The 9th Congressional District, a suburban-rural area in North Carolina's southeast, has sent Republicans to Congress since the 1960s and voted for Trump by about 12 percentage points in 2016. A special congressional election was ordered after last year's voting was tainted by fraud.


(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)