Dr. Greg Murphy

State rep will meet Democrat Allen Thomas on Sept. 10

State Representative and physician Greg Murphy defeated pediatrician Joan Perry in a special July 9 GOP primary and will face Democrat Allen Thomas in a Sept. 10 general election to replace the late Walter Jones as U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s Third Congressional District.

Jones, known as a maverick Republican, died this past February at age 76, just months after being re-elected to Congress without Democratic opposition.

With 100 percent of the unofficial vote tallied, Murphy soundly defeated Perry by about 20 percentage points and 7,000 votes, capturing 21,444 of the ballots cast compared to 14,472 for Perry. In Dare County, he defeated Perry by a margin of 839 to 501.

Given the strongly Republican tilt of the district, Murphy enters the general election campaign against Allen, a former Greenville mayor, as a clear favorite.

Murphy and Perry got to the July 9 primary by emerging as the top two vote getters among 17 Republicans during the crowded April 30 initial primary election — with Murphy securing 22.5% of the vote and Perry next at 15.5%.  In this contest, both candidates positioned themselves as strong conservatives and backers of President Donald Trump.

In one sign of how the race split conservatives at the national level, news accounts reported that Trump lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani recorded robocalls for Murphy while former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich did the same thing for Perry.

Murphy is a urologist and surgeon in Greenville and operates his own private practice with more than 50 employees. Married to Wendy Murphy, the two have three children. He is the former Chief of Staff of Vidant Medical Center in Greenville and is also currently a faculty member of the ECU School of Medicine.

Murphy is serving his second term as State Representative for the Ninth District. He was appointed in 2015 to fill the vacated seat of Brian Brown, who resigned before his term expired. According to his campaign website, while in office Murphy “has championed the fight against the opioid epidemic, worked on health care reform and been a consistent conservative voice in Raleigh, protecting taxpayer dollars while making sure vital services are met.”

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