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North Carolina 9th district Republican congressional candidate Dan Bishop waits to speak by phone with President Trump at his victory party in Monroe, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. 

Sen. Dan Bishop on Wednesday credited President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for the momentum that led to his congressional win the day prior.

Bishop and fellow Republican State Rep. Greg Murphy will hold open congressional seats after winning a special election in North Carolina Tuesday.

Murphy toppled Democrat Allen Thomas in the 3rd Congressional District while Bishop secured a defeat over Democrat Dan McCready in 9th Congressional District race.

“The president and vice president stepping in and committing the way they did was tremendous, and a lot of credit goes to the president,” Bishop said during a Fox and Friends interview on Wednesday.

The special election was held after the November 2018 election when the 9th District race was invalidated due to accusations of voter ballot fraud. 

Trump took a trip to North Carolina the night before the election to show his support for the candidates and tweeted about the election most of the night. 

Bishop won his race by 2 percent vote, collecting 96,081 of the 189,363 votes. He entered the race more than a year after McCready, who received around 49 percent of the votes.

Bishop, who represented Charlotte in the state Senate, will now represent Union, Anson, Richmond, Scotland and Robeson counties and parts of Mecklenburg, Cumberland and Bladen counties at the U.S. Capitol. 

Bishop also ran against Green Partier Allen Smith and Libertarian Jeff Scott. Neither garnered more than 1 percent of the votes. 

Murphy, who represented Greenville in the North Carolina General Assembly, garnered about 62 percent of the votes in his congressional district. 

The district consists of portions of Alachua, Clay, Duval, Lake, Marion, Orange, Putnam, Seminole and Volusia counties. Murphy’s other opponents were Greg Holt of the Constitution Party and Libertarian Tim Harris. Harris and Holt secured less than 1 percent of the 113,607 votes. Thomas received about 37 percent. 

Trump celebrated both wins on Twitter Tuesday night.

“The win was far bigger than anticipated – there was just nothing the Fakers could say to diminish or demean the scope of this victory. So we had TWO BIG VICTORIES tonight, Greg & Dan!” Wrote Trump.

Staff Writer

Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for three years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel's work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times.