WATCH: Trump speaks at North Carolina rally

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - President Donald Trump has called North Carolina a "very big 2nd Amendment state" as Congressional Democrats push for expanded background checks for gun purchases.

President Donald Trump arrives on stage at the Crown Expo for a campaign rally, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, in Fayetteville, N.C. | Photo Source: AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Trump is campaigning on behalf of Republican Dan Bishop in a closely watched special election. He said Bishop is going to "protect your 2nd Amendment."

Trump is also emphasizing immigration issues.

He told supporters at the campaign rally in Fayetteville that "to protect your family, you must defeat open borders."

Bishop is running against Democrat Dan McCready in a Republican-leaning congressional district.

A Republican loss in Tuesday's special election, combined with a wave of recent bad headlines, could portend trouble for the president's 2020 reelection campaign.

President Trump urged the North Carolina voters to "take the first steps" toward removing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and "winning the back the House in 2020."

Trump said a vote for any Democrat in 2020 is "a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream."

He said he offers "the only positive vision for the people of North Carolina."

He said, "Our first task is a giant victory tomorrow."

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