Republican Greg Murphy wins North Carolina congressional seat
- Republican Greg Murphy has won North Carolina’s Third Congressional District seat
- Murphy had received support for President Trump and spoke at his Fayetteville rally Monday night
- A special election was held after the seat was left vacant when Representative Walter B. Jones Jr. died in February
- Murphy – a urologist – led Democrat Allen Thomas by 59-40percent
Republican Greg Murphy has won the North Carolina congressional seat.
Dr. Murphy – urologist – won over former Democratic Mayor Allen Thomas Tuesday night, 59-40percent.
North Carolina’s Third Congressional District seat was left open when Representative Walter B. Jones Jr. died in February, prompting a special election.
Murphy – who has been a staunch supporter of Donald Trump – was congratulated by the president who rallied for Murphy on Monday.
Republican Greg Murphy has won North Carolina’s Third Congressional District seat after a special election was held
President Trump tweeted ahead of the win in support of Murphy.
‘One down, one to go – Greg Murphy is projected to win in the Great State of North Carolina! #NC03,’ Trump wrote.
Murphy had received support for President Trump and spoke at his Fayetteville rally Monday night .
‘We are here to serve you. We are here to help our president. And we are here to keep America great,’ Murphy said told he crowd.
State party chairman Michael Whatley congratulated Murphy in a statement before the final vote voted were counted.
‘Congratulations to Dr. Greg Murphy for a strong victory! Dr. Murphy ran a fantastic campaign focused on his support for the families, farmers, and small businesses in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District,’ Whatley said.
‘We look forward to seeing the positive results he will produce for eastern North Carolina in Congress.’
The third district covers more of the North Carolina coast and leans strongly Republican.
Murphy’s support of Donald Trump comes in contrast to his predecessor Jones, who became an outsider in his final years in in Congress.
Jones voted against his caucus and voted against Trump more than any other Republican member of the House.
Murphy is expected to join the House Freedom Caucus.