Republican state Rep. Greg Murphy is headed to Congress.

Murphy, a Greenville urologist, coasted to victory in Tuesday’s special election in Eastern North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. He will finish the two-year term of the late Rep. Walter Jones, who died on Feb. 10.

With all election precincts reporting unofficial results, Murphy defeated Democrat Allen Thomas by 62%-37%. Libertarian Tim Harris and Constitution Party candidate Greg Holt were both at less than 1%.

Even before most of those results were posted, state Republican officials declared victory for Murphy.

“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,” state party chairman Michael Whatley said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing the positive results he will produce for eastern North Carolina in Congress.”

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