Yesterday in eastern and coastal North Carolina, almost 69,000 voters cast ballots in the special congressional primary election. The eventual winner replaces the late Rep. Walter Jones (R-Farmville), who passed away in February.
In the field of 17 Republicans, state Rep. Greg Murphy (R-Greenville), taking advantage of a very strong performance in his home region, placed first with 22.5% of the vote. Because Rep. Murphy did not exceed the 30% threshold, he and physician Joan Perry, who was backed by state and national pro-life groups, advance to a July 9th run-off election.
For the Democrats, former Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas easily won the Democratic primary over five opponents. He drew just over 50% of the vote, topping retired Marine Corps Colonel Richard Bew and New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw by better than 2:1 respective margins. Mr. Thomas directly advances to the special general election on September 10th.
Rep. Murphy, also a physician, now becomes the favorite to win the Republican nomination and the special general in September in what has performed as a strongly Republican district.
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