Voters in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District are heading to the polls today for a special election that's being viewed as a bellwether for 2020.
The race between Republican Dan Bishop and Democrat Dan McCready, prompted by absentee ballot fraud in the 2018 election, should be a shoo-in for Bishop — who is running in a district Trump won by 12 points in 2016.
Instead, it’s a dead heat, fueling jitters among Republicans still reeling from heavy losses in the House of Representatives in 2018.
The concerns are so great that President Donald Trump put his own political capital on the line by holding a campaign rally for Bishop last night.
"We have to be very careful," Trump said on the White House South Lawn. "I don't want to allow people that weren't supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people."
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NBC News is withholding the man's name and other key details at the request of U.S. officials, who say reporting the information could endanger his life.
The discovery of the Russian’s presence in the U.S. came after a CNN report asserting the CIA exfiltrated one of its top spies from Russia after officials became concerned he was in danger of being caught.
The New York Times reported the informant was instrumental to the agency’s conclusion that Vladimir Putin ordered and orchestrated the campaign to interfere in the 2016 election.
The three-time World Series winner was met with thunderous applause from fans before the Red Sox played their arch rivals, the New York Yankees.
"First of all, I want to thank God for giving me a second opportunity in my life to be able to be here with all of you," Ortiz said. "I want to thank the Red Sox, my real family. They have always been there for me, supporting me."
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