by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Pitt County state Rep. Greg Murphy tops the list of 17 Republican candidates competing in North Carolina’s special 3rd Congressional District primary election. Murphy’s 9,505 votes represent 22.5% percent of the total. Kinston pediatrician Joan Perry finishes second with 6,510 vots (15 percent). Murphy and Perry move on to a July 9 runoff election.
The winner will face Democrat Allen Thomas in a Sept. 10 general election. Thomas, a former Greenville mayor, secured 12,883 votes, 50 percent of those cast in a six-person Democratic primary.
Libertarian Tim Harris also advances to Sept. 10 after winning 75 (56%) of the 133 votes cast in that party’s primary.