Hudson Will Face Democrat Incumbent Larry Kissell in November
July 18, 2012
Concord, NC- Richard Hudson will face Larry Kissell in the 2012 general election for North Carolina’s 8th U.S. Congressional District after he defeated Scott Keadle in the GOP runoff on Tuesday.
At 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, with all 12 counties in the district reporting, Hudson had 63.65 percent and Keadle had 36.35 percent out of 16,708 total votes.
“Larry Kissell, game on,” Hudson said to a group of about 70 supporters who gathered at his victory celebration at the Hilton Garden Inn near Concord Mills Mall in Concord.
In Cabarrus County, with all 43 8th District precincts reporting, Hudson led Keadle 3,119 votes to 2,015 – 60.75 percent to 39.25 percent.
Hudson thanked his family and campaign staff, former primary opponents Fred Steen and Vernon Robinson, and his supporters throughout the 8th District.
“What we proved is there is absolutely no substitute for a grassroots campaign carried by the people in this district,” he said. “With your help, I’ll go to Washington and take a wrecking ball to Obama’s liberal agenda.”
He thanked Scott Keadle for conceding the race.
“Scott ran a spirited and strong campaign, and I enjoyed it – most of the time,” he said with a chuckle. “I’m looking forward to the fall campaign. I respect Larry Kissell, but I have a problem with how he’s running the 8th District.”
With 42 of 43 8th District precincts in Cabarrus reporting, Hudson won all but four: Georgeville Fire Station, Kerr Memorial Baptist Church, Ann Street Methodist Church and Second Presbyterian Church. Three northeastern precincts had not reported a breakdown.
Voter turnout in Cabarrus County was 5.3 percent, better than the overall state turnout of just over 3.5 percent.