Battle of the Dans


Voters cast their ballots for the District 9 special election on Tuesday, September 10th. Photo by Element5 Digital from Pexels

The ever-going saga of the 2018 North Carolina 9th District congressional election (detailed here and here) ends tomorrow as Dan Bishop takes on Dan McCready in yet another close race. The nearly $10.7 million in outside spending used on both sides during the election has led to a plethora of confusion and disinterest within the general public. Here the Witness would like to give the cold hard facts on both candidates in order to allow the eligible student body to make an informed choice:


Dan Bishop

  • Is the current NC State Senator for District 39 (Mecklenburg County), having served one term previously in the Senate and one term in the NC House.
  • Defeated nine other candidates in the Republican primaries.
  • Has endorsements from current President Donald Trump as well as the US Chamber of Commerce.
  • Describes himself as “pro-life, pro-gun, pro-wall”.
  • Notable actions while in the NC General Assembly include aiding in the passing of the NC Voter ID constitutional amendment passed in a referendum ballot in 2018, sponsoring the controversial House-Bill Two, and helping to lower state income tax with other NC General Assembly Republicans.
  • Has no previous military experience.
  • Attended UNC Chapel Hill and UNC School of Law.
  • Previously worked as a lawyer.


Dan McCready

  • Has no experience in any political office.
  • Was unchallenged in the May 2019 primary, but defeated Chris Cano in the 2018 Democratic Primary.
  • Has endorsements from former Vice President and current democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as well as former NC Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr.
  • Describes himself as “country over party” (which has also notably been McCready’s campaign slogan since nearly the beginning of his original campaign for the 2018 general election).
  • Has not previously served in any political office and has therefore not sponsored any notable bills.
  • Served in the Marines during the Iraq War.
  • Attended Duke University and Harvard Business School.
  • Previously worked as a businessman in solar power.


The original election saw McCready lose by only 995 votes to Mark Harris (the previous candidate mentioned in the links above), meaning the election will more than likely come down to the wire as well.

In order to be eligible to vote in this special election you must be 18 and have previously registered to vote (if you have your driver’s license you most likely did this while at the DMV, but if you’re unsure you can check here). You must also go to your correct polling location, which can be checked here.