Following the death of Rep. Walter Jones (R), Gov. Roy Cooper (D) “is consulting with other state agencies and plans to have an update soon on the election process” to fill his seat, “a spokesman for the governor said."
"Under North Carolina law, there will be a primary election for parties to choose their candidates. Candidates must win at least 30 percent of the vote to avoid a primary runoff. A special general election will follow.” The makeup of the district heavily favors Republicans and the GOP nominee will be favored to prevail in a special. (Raleigh News & Observer)
NAMES TO WATCH. "Jones saw his fair share of contested primaries, especially given his predilections for bucking his party’s establishment. The fact that there’s no Jones on the ballot this time opens up the race to a crowded GOP field." State Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (R) "is a potential candidate to watch. An automobile dealer, he first ran for the state House unsuccessfully as a Democrat, then won a Senate seat in 2004 after changing parties. He represents Jones and Oslow counties."
"Another potential candidate who could raise competitive money is state Rep. Greg Murphy (R), a urologist who represents Pitt County, although he’s also thought to be interested in a gubernatorial bid." (Roll Call)
2018 candidate Phil Law (R) has already launched a campaign.