All 13 Republican women in the U.S. House endorsed Joan Perry over Greg Murphy in the July 9 Republican runoff for North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, according to Roll Call on May 29, 2019. The two advanced from a field of 17 candidates in the April 30 Republican primary, with Murphy receiving 22.5 percent of the vote and Perry 15.4 percent.
Earlier in May, Murphy received the endorsement of Rep. Mark Meadows and the House Freedom Caucus. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.), the only female member of the House Freedom Caucus, individually endorsed Perry.
The two candidates have split endorsements from women’s groups. Women for Trump PAC endorsed Murphy, while Winning for Women Action Fund endorsed Perry in the primary and again in the runoff.
The winner of the Republican runoff will face Allen Thomas (D) and Tim Harris (L) in a September 10 special election. The election will fill the vacancy left by Walter Jones (R), who died on February 10, 2019. It is one of three special elections to the U.S. House occurring in 2019.