In a June 3, 2019 photo, State Representative Greg Murphy debates Joan Perry on the campus of Pitt Community College. They are vying for the 3rd Congressional District. (Deborah Griffin/The Daily Reflector via AP)

Murphy wins North Carolina GOP congressional primary runoff

July 09, 2019 - 8:42 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A urologist and state legislator is the Republican nominee for a North Carolina congressional district seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Walter Jones Jr.

Voters in Tuesday's 3rd District GOP primary runoff chose Dr. Greg Murphy of Greenville over Joan Perry, a pediatrician and first-time candidate. They were the top vote-getters in the April primary.

Murphy advances to the September special election to face Democratic nominee Allen Thomas and two other candidates. That winner completes the remainder of Jones' two-year term.

Jones died in February after more than 24 years representing the Republican-leaning 3rd District, which stretches from Greenville to the Outer Banks and includes military installations like Camp Lejeune.

Washington-based political groups spent well over $1 million supporting one or the other of the two conservative candidates.

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