Republican candidates for the District 8 Congressional seat, Richard Hudson and Scott Keadle, may face-off in a July 17 run-off, requested by Keadle after Hudson, who claimed his victory on Wednesday morning, did not receive 40 percent of the vote needed to win.
“Tonight was a tremendous victory because of our strong grassroots effort in every county, with hundreds of volunteers on the ground,” said Hudson Tuesday night. “We were outspent by Washington money, but we weren’t outworked.”
Hudson won 32 percent of the vote and carried 10 of 12 counties. Second place finisher Keadle can request a run-off according to North Carolina election law.
“I welcome the opportunity for a run-off because it will allow me to continue to share my conservative message with the people of the 8th District,” said Hudson. “This run-off will offer a clear contrast between a candidate from the district with a record as a problem solver in virtually every county versus a perennial candidate who has run three times in three different districts and couldn’t even vote for himself today because he doesn’t live in our district.”
According to Richmond County Board of Elections Director Connie Kelly, if the candidate with the most votes doesn’t get 40 percent of the vote, the runner-up is entitled to a run-off, or second election. Kelly said there appear to be several state level offices that could be entitled to a run-off, based on the unofficial numbers from Tuesday’s primary.
“Election Day was a resounding victory for the people of the United States versus the Washington, D.C., establishment. We look forward to continuing to represent ‘we the people’ in the runoff on July 17, and appreciate all of the votes and support that led us to victory in Richmond County,” Keadle said.
All vote tallies are unofficial until the canvas, when the State Board of Elections meets to approve the counted votes, complete audits and count provisional ballots, which are ballots from voters that present conflicting registration information, such as a lack of address change notification.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.