Dr. Greg Murphy wins Third District Republican primary runoff

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Dr. Greg Murphy won Tuesday's special Third District Republican primary runoff against Dr. Joan Perry.

With all of the precincts reporting Murphy had 59.71% of the vote. Perry had 40.29%.

Dr. Murphy said, "It's a moment of relief. We had a great team working hard. It shows outside money and influence poured in didn't work and we combated it with grassroots campaigning and that's what the people responded to."

Murphy also said he received a call from Vice President Mike Pence who said they pledge their full support to ensure a win.

In the April 30th primary, Murphy ended up with 22.5% of the vote, while Perry received 15.4% among 17 candidates on the ballot.

Dr. Murphy advances to face Democrat Allen Thomas, Libertarian Tim Harris, and Constitution Party candidate Greg Holt in the September general election.

Congressman Walter Jones died in February after 24 years in Congress.

Dr. Perry said, "I just want to say thank you all for being there with us and for us charting the journey for us and being there along the way, the ending is not what we hoped for but always there's a new beginning and that is tomorrow."

Democrat nominee Allen Thomas responded saying in part, "It was a hard fought runoff campaign between Joan and Greg. Hats off to Greg on the result. I have great respect for all who put themselves before the public for consideration to serve."

The GOP runoff attracted well over $1 million in spending by Washington-based independent groups for or against the candidates.

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Polls have now closed in the Third District Republican primary runoff between Dr. Joan Perry and Dr. Greg Murphy.

Voting precincts were open in the 17 counties that compose the 3rd District. Voters are deciding between Joan Perry of Kinston and Greg Murphy of Greenville. Both are physicians.

In the April 30th primary, Murphy ended up with 22.5% of the vote, while Perry received 15.4% among 17 candidates on the ballot.

The winner advances to face Democrat Allen Thomas, Libertarian Tim Harris, and Constitution Party candidate Greg Holt in the September general election. Jones died in February after 24 years in Congress.

The GOP runoff has attracted well over $1 million in spending by Washington-based independent groups for or against the candidates. About 3.5% of eligible voters in the runoff cast ballots early.

Polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Stay with WITN for results.