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The race to replace Rep  Walter Jones (R-NC) who died last year became a referendum on the future of the Republican party, pitting a MAGA ...

MAGA Wins, Establishment Loses in NC Special Election

The race to replace Rep  Walter Jones (R-NC) who died last year became a referendum on the future of the Republican party, pitting a MAGA candidate against a quintessential establishment candidate – and it wasn’t even remotely close.  Dr. Greg Murphy defeated Dr. Joan Perry by nearly twenty points. Murphy is now a lock in the general election in the very heavy Republican enclave. Murphy will become a member of the Freedom Caucus as soon as he is sworn in. He had the support of Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan as well as the president himself. Perry was a RINO from way back, having endorsed several Democrats over their Republican challengers.

Dr. Greg Murphy, the conservative anti-establishment candidate in North Carolina’s third congressional district, crushed the establishment-backed Dr. Joan Perry on his way to winning the GOP nomination for the special election Tuesday night in what amounted to a proxy battle inside the Republican Party.

With 100 percent reporting, Murphy won 59.7 percent of the vote to Perry’s 40.3 percent–a resounding nearly 20-point victory. The primary runoff election on Tuesday came after Murphy and Perry were the top-two vote-getters in the recent primary, but neither won enough to avoid the runoff. The runoff election became a proxy battle inside the GOP, with a number of GOP establishment organizations and politicians from Washington, D.C., throwing their weight behind Perry while Murphy won the support of grassroots conservatives and the House Freedom Caucus as well as other pro-Trump organizations.
The district has a special election this year because longtime Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), a perennial thorn in the establishment’s side, passed away earlier this year opening up the seat. The Republican nominee, now Murphy, is expected to easily win the special election in the heavily-Republican district in the fall.
House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)–the organization’s founding chairman–both heavily backed Murphy in the race. Murphy is expected to join the Freedom Caucus assuming he is elected.