Dan Bishop, Republican candidate in the special election for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, speaks to the media at an election day campaign stop, in Indian Trail, North Carolina

Dan Bishop, Republican candidate in the special election for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, speaks to the media at an election day campaign stop, in Indian Trail, N.C., on Tuesday. 

WASHINGTON - Republican Dan Bishop won a special U.S. congressional election in North Carolina, the Associated Press said on Tuesday, saving a longtime stronghold for President Donald Trump's party and turning back a strong Democratic challenge.

With 95 percent of the vote counted, Bishop, a 55-year-old state senator for whom Trump campaigned, received 50.6 percent versus 48.8 percent for Democrat Dan McCready, a 36-year-old veteran of the Marines, the news agency said.

The 9th Congressional District, a suburban-rural area in North Carolina's southeast, has sent Republicans to Congress since the 1960s and voted for Trump by about 12 percentage points in 2016. A special congressional election was ordered after last year's voting was tainted by fraud. 

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