GOP state Sen. Dan Bishop
On Thursday, state Sen. Dan Bishop joined the GOP special election primary for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Bishop is best known as the author of House Bill 2 in 2016, also known as the anti-LGBT “bathroom bill.”
The law, which required anyone using bathrooms at schools or public facilities to use the restroom associated with the gender on their birth certificate, caused a national backlash and led a number of businesses to cancel planned expansions into North Carolina, and it also contributed to GOP Gov. Pat McCrory’s 2016 defeat. Bishop’s career survived, though, and last year, he was re-elected 53-47 in a seat that Trump carried 50-47.
WBTV reported last week that Bishop would self-fund at least $250,000, which he did not dispute days later. The filing deadline is on Friday, and while the GOP has an unpredictable GOP contest ahead of them, Democrats are almost certain to once again field Marine veteran Dan McCready. McCready was the nominee in the 2018 contest that was tainted by election fraud by GOP operatives.