I'm quite sure the Bolton or the Shaggy DA (showing my age range) as I like to call him will be okay. He will probably be make money as an overseer of Trump's various migrant and soon to be homeless for profit concentration camps or show up as a contributor on CNN or MSNBC.
As an neighboring NC-12 resident, I'm not surprised that Bishop won due to heavily gerrymandered district. The moral of this story, is cheat until it finally goes in your favor.
How it got to this point in NC:
When Obama was elected, he used his own organizing operation (OFA) instead of the party's, which left the party machine underfunded, understaffed and with unclear future/purpose. Partly as a result, the NC Dems Party was in total shambles for much of the last decade (prior to 2018).
- The Monied Right understood better than the Dems how big 2010 would be, both nationally and in NC. The off-election census years are huge for the GOP (and vice versa is true for Dems...one reason why it's so important that they get 2020 right). Take over states in 2010, wait for census results, then cement in those majorities for at least a decade. The Koch/Pope machine spent unprecedented amounts of cash in 2010 to get Republicans elected to state House and Senate seats in NC. It's certainly paid off for them.
- This guy Hoffelder and his amazing (unconstitutional/illegal) computer drawing lines. Not just in NC but other states like Pennsylvania as well. What's even more amazing is that his daughter is basically single-handedly undoing all of his immoral and illegal work in the year after his death.
- The complete lack of respect for the law and the voter by the NC GOP in them choosing their electorate. I stopped counting a couple years back, but back then their voter suppression efforts had been struck down by courts something like 10 times. And I know it's happened more since (like the recent NC COA ruling). Voter ID (where military ID is allowed but state student ID isn't?). Curbing early voting. Removing polling places from college campuses. And, yeah, majorly the gerrymandering. You may recall that on the day after the 2016 election, the NC GOP put out a press release bragging that black turnout was down. That was maybe of one of the most blatantly unamerican thing I've ever seen , celebrating that fewer people voted.
The rise of populism and the GOP's willingness to embrace it. Hopefully the Dems find their message and their messenger in 2020. Not know-nothing populism that has infected the right, but an actual platform around helping working Americans and candidates that can sell it.
All that said, NC has a Dem governor, Attorney General, and Supreme Court. Take away Tillis' senate seat and that's a good number of Dems elected statewide. New maps will be drawn in 2021...