Republicans play down expectations in North Carolina House race – live news

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The special election is taking place in North Carolina’s ninth congressional district, which Trump won by 12 points in 2016

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That’s it from me on this very eventful Tuesday, brought to you by Trump’s habit of firing senior officials by tweet. My west coast colleague, Maanvi Singh, will take over the blog for the next few hours.

Here’s where the day stands so far:

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Some names are already being floated as possible replacements for Bolton as national security adviser. His deputy, Charlie Kupperman, has currently assumed the role on an acting basis.

Bloomberg News reports:

Kupperman is a Bolton confidant who has counseled the former national security adviser for more than 30 years, Bolton has said. Grisham said it was ‘too soon to say’ whether Bolton’s closest National Security Council aides would remain in their jobs.

Possible Bolton replacements discussed by Trump associates include Robert O’Brien, who is the president’s envoy for hostage affairs, and Brian Hook, [secretary of state Mike] Pompeo’s senior policy adviser.

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Source: theguardian