Republican Greg Murphy wins special election in NC's 3rd District

Republican state Rep. Greg Murphy is projected to win the special election Tuesday in North Carolina’s 3rd District for a seat vacated following the death of Republican Rep. Walter JonesWalter Beaman JonesExperts warn Georgia's new electronic voting machines vulnerable to potential intrusions, malfunctions Georgia restores 22,000 voter registrations after purge Stacey Abrams group files emergency motion to stop Georgia voting roll purge MORE Jr. earlier this year.

Murphy bested Democrat Allen Thomas, the former mayor of Greenville, in the coastal North Carolina district by about 20 points with 75 percent of the district’s precincts reporting.

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The district, which backed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Democrats plot new approach to win over rural voters The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Rosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts MORE by more than 23 points in 2016, was expected to remain in Republican hands.

“One down, one to go – Greg Murphy is projected to win in the Great State of North Carolina! #NC03,” Trump celebrated on Twitter.

There is also a hotly contested special election Tuesday in North Carolina’s 9th District, where GOP state Rep. Dan Bishop is facing off against Democrat Dan McCready.