CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Four years after being elected to
Congress amid Barack Obama's North Carolina win, Democratic U.S.
Rep. Larry Kissell faces a tough reelection contest in a district
that has been redrawn to favor Republicans.
Kissell must first fend off a May 8 primary challenge from a
fellow Democrat, Marcus Williams of Lumberton. If he prevails, he
will compete against the winner of a five-candidate GOP primary in
the sprawling 8th District, which extends across parts of 12
The Republican candidates are state Rep. Fred Steen II, a
two-term state legislator and small business owner; Richard Hudson,
owner of Cabarrus Marketing Group; Vernon Robinson, a businessman
in new media marketing and sales; Scott Keadle, a dentist, and John
Whitley, a physician and neurosurgeon.
The new district includes more traditionally Republican areas
and some of the state's fastest growing counties, mostly on the
Charlotte outskirts. But it also still contains predominantly rural
counties with some of the state's highest unemployment rates.
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