testing their 2020 strategy to retake the  scored a victory on Tuesday, clinging to a traditionally red seat in a fiercely fought special election.

Dan Bishop, a Republican state senator who ran for Congress as President ’s ideological twin, beat Democrat Dan McCready — but not without the aid of millions in outside money and a last-minute Trump rally in a district the president won by 12 points in 2016.

Bishop’s victory ends what was essentially  after stunning allegations of electoral fraud forced the state to invalidate the results of November’s race and hold a special election. Bishop, a bomb-throwing state legislator, won the Republican primary in May. But McCready, who was the Democratic nominee last year, has just wrapped

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