B.J. Murphy is the new mayor in the city of Kinston, the first Republican elected to that office in more than 130 years.
Murphy beat out Democrat Jimmy Cousins and Independent Earl Harper to take the city's top spot.
Current mayor Buddy Ritch decided not to run for another term.
Unofficial returns show Murphy with 1,337 votes, Harper with 1,276 and Cousins with 903.
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