President Trump calls and congratulates Murphy on District 3 win

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) Republican Greg Murphy is the winner of the Third Congressional District Race over Democrat Allen Thomas.

“The We the People Campaign was a huge success, but it ended when the polls closed at 7:30 tonight. Tomorrow, I start on the journey to become the We the People

Murphy said, “This campaign has been about the people, this win was about the people and my service in Congress will always be about the people.”

Shortly after the race was declared, Murphy received a phone call from President Donald Trump, congratulating him on the victory. “It’s rather humbling” Murphy told the crowd assembled at his victory party in Greenville. “The President said he loves Eastern North Carolina and looks forward to us working together to help the region”.

“I understand that as a Freshman Congressman there is only so much I can do legislatively. However, terms in office has no impact on constituent service and I promise you an office that will be responsive to the needs of the citizens” Murphy said.

North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley released the following statement:

"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. We look forward to seeing the positive results he will produce for eastern North Carolina in Congress."

Murphy takes over the district seat left vacant by the death of Congressman Walter Jones earlier this year.

Murphy is a state House member who survived a 17-candidate Republican primary in April and a July runoff. Jones died in February after 24 years in Congress.

The GOP-leaning district extends from the Virginia border and Outer Banks to the Marine Corps' Camp Lejeune, and inland to Greenville. President Donald Trump won the district vote comfortably in 2016, and Murphy said at a Trump rally that he would have the ``president's back'' if elected.

Thomas is a former Greenville mayor who questioned Murphy's ``blind loyalty'' to Trump.

Full coverage ahead at 11.