State Reps. Phil Shepard (R) and Michael Speciale (R) and 2018 candidate Phil Law (R) launched bids for the not-yet-scheduled special election to replace the late Rep. Walter Jones (R), bringing the total field to four candidates.
NCGOP Vice Chairwoman Michele Nix filed papers this week.
"While there’s no frontrunner in the race, Nix and Speciale are the candidates most familiar with the spotlight—Nix as a voice for the state Republican Party and Speciale as a conservative firebrand in the House. Speciale sponsored a bill in 2017 that aimed to defy the U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage. Also in 2017, he tried to repeal the part of the state constitution that prohibits secession. In 2015, he shared a post that referred to President Barack Obama as an 'Islamic son of a bitch,' and in 2013 mocked a bill that would’ve required dog breeders to exercise dogs and use humane euthanasia."
"State law gives Gov. Roy Cooper authority to set a date for a special election, which he hasn’t done yet. By law, it must include a primary election for each party and candidates must win at least 30 percent of the vote in the primary to avoid a runoff." (Raleigh News & Observer)