Murphy defeats Thomas in congressional race
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
State Rep. Greg Murphy defeated former Greenville mayor Allen Thomas in the special election for the 3rd Congressional District seat Tuesday night.
The Republican Murphy had 70,142 votes to 42,570 votes for Thomas, the Democrat, in the four-way race. Both men are from Greenville.
In Pitt County, Murphy earned 11,093 votes to Thomas’ 7,079 votes with all 23 precincts reporting.
The Associated Press and other outlets declared Murphy the winner, and Thomas conceded before final totals were in.
Greg Holt, a Constitutional Party candidate, had 502 votes, and Tim Harris, a Libertarian, had 393 votes in final but unofficial totals. Both men are from New Bern.
The race was held to fill a vacancy created by the Feb. 10 death of longtime congressman Walter B. Jones, a Republican from Farmville. Jones won his 12th term in office in November.
The majority of voters in the district are registered Republicans.
All 236 precincts in the 17-county district had reported and early-voting and returned absentee ballots were included in the tally in unofficial totals. A canvass will be Sept. 20 to make a final, official count.
A total of 113,607 votes were cast in the district, or about 23.5 percent of the district’s 482,000 eligible voters.
Murphy currently serves in the N.C. House of Representative in the 9th District, located in Pitt County.
If his election to Congress is confirmed, the Pitt County Republican Party will nominate a replacement for Murphy to serve in the state House who must be appointed by the governor.
In the special election for the 9th District Congressional seat, Democrat Dan McCready had 90,824 votes and Republican Dan Bishop had 94,984 votes with 208 of 210 precincts reporting.