Gov. Roy Cooper (D) has yet to schedule the special election to replace the late Rep. Walter Jones (R-Farmville), but that isn’t stopping candidates from announcing. Already, seven Republicans have launched campaigns for what projects to be a safe seat for the GOP.
Among the seven are three sitting state legislators: Reps. Greg Murphy (R-Greenville), Phil Shepard (R-Jacksonville), and Michael Speciale (R-New Bern). The candidate group also includes 2016 and ’18 GOP candidate Phil Law, who performed better than most experts projected in both of his primary elections against Rep. Jones, gubernatorial aide Jeff Moore, NC Republican Party Vice Chair Michele Nix, and accountant Sandy Smith. No major Democrat has yet declared his or her intention to run.
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