Special elections in North Carolina’s 3rd and 9th Congressional Districts will be held tomorrow with state Rep. Greg Murphy (R-Greenville) favored to defeat former Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas in the 3rd, while state Sen. Dan Bishop (R-Charlotte) is expected to have a closer race against Democrat Dan McCready in the 9th. President Trump will hold a rally for Bishop tonight in Fayetteville, in an effort to boost GOP turnout for a seat that Republicans have held in Congress since the 1960s.
Threatening House Republicans ability to take back the House in 2020 and maintain their Senate majority, members continue to announce their decisions not to seek reelection. Four GOP Senators and 13 GOP House members, including five Texas Representatives, are not seeking reelection, announcing their retirements or candidacy for higher office, while only one Senator and three House members have announced their retirements on the Democratic side.
More retirements are expected from senior Republican law makers while President Trump called for an end to term limits for GOP committee chairs this morning, a move he believes would help keep senior members in Congress from retiring.