Special elections

N.C.'s House special election shows Democrats are still running on health care

Congressional candidate Dan McCready shakes a voter's hand last month
Congressional candidate Dan McCready shakes a voter's hand last month. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Today's special election in North Carolina for a House seat is ostensibly the first big test of 2020 — but its messaging is straight out of 2018.

Driving the news: Democrat Dan McCready has made health care — and drug prices, specifically — a centerpiece of his advertising and broader pitch to voters as he tries to turn a red district blue.

Trump makes last-ditch North Carolina election push for GOP candidate

President Donald Trump arrives for a "Keep America Great" campaign rally at The Crown Arena in Fayetteville, North Carolina
President Trump at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Monday. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump made a rallying cry during a campaign event in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in support of Republican candidate Dan Bishop ahead of a crucial special election in the state's 9th Congressional District.

Why it matters: Per the Washington Post, the election could be a bellwether for the president’s political fortunes in 2020. While the N.C. district has long been in Republican hands, recent polling has shown Democrat Dan McCready is within striking distance of Bishop, the WashPost notes.