Early voting in 3rd District Republican primary runoff underway

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PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Early one-stop voting is underway for the Republican primary runoff in the 3rd District race.

Representative Dr. Greg Murphy, of Greenville, and Dr. Joan Perry, of Kinston, are both hoping to win the Republican nomination after no one secured more than 30% of the vote in the first primary election.

Perry is a pediatrician running for Congress for the first time and Murphy currently serves in the North Carolina General Assembly.

The 3rd District seat, which was formerly held by the late Congressman Walter Jones Jr., includes 17 Eastern Carolina counties and stretches from Camp Lejeune to the Virginia border.

All registered Republicans and any unaffiliated voter who did not vote in either the Democratic or Libertarian primary in April can cast their vote in the second primary election.

Pitt County resident Patricia Johnston voted Wednesday and talked about what she is hoping for in a candidate saying, "That our conservative values are maintained especially when it comes to abortion."

Pitt County voter Ron Parkhill says, "I believe strongly in the small government, right to life, and that's what motivates me."

You can double check your eligibility and find your polling place on the State Board of Elections website.

Early voting runs through Friday, July 5 before the second Republican primary election on Tuesday, July 9.

Whoever wins the runoff will face Democratic candidate Allen Thomas, Libertarian Tim Harris and Constitution Party candidate Greg Holt in the general election on September 10.