FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The nation's eyes are once again on the 9th Congressional District.
From SouthPark to Bladen County, voters will head to the polls Tuesday for what some are calling a referendum on President Donald Trump's presidency and a test on 2020 messaging.
State Sen. Dan Bishop is facing Democrat Dan McCready.
Throughout this whole race, Bishop's pitch to voters has been to send him to Congress to be a reliable vote for the president. Bishop is promising to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and tough on immigration.
"Mr president, we are not tired of winning," Bishop said. "We want to keep on winning and tomorrow, Tuesday, September 10, 2019. We are going to win the 9th District of North Carolina."
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The latest polls have the race between Bishop and McCready as a toss up.
McCready said that's because his platform of country over party is resonating.
"People are tired of career politicians, and they are ready for leaders who will put country first," he said.
The McCready campaign said from Saturday to election day, 100,000 doors will be knocked.
McCready's top issue has been healthcare. He has pitched changing the Affordable Care Act to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and exclude primary care visits from deductibles.
While many political experts will be watching the race closely as a test balloon for 2020, the Trump campaign is downplaying the result's meaning for the next election cycle.
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"I don't think a loss would be indicative of 2020, there is a big difference when President Trump's name is on the ballot," Kayleigh McEnany, National Press Secretary for the Trump campaign, said.
Polls open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7:30 p.m.
Libertarian Jeff Scott and Green party candidate Loran Allen Smith are also running.
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