After Tuesday’s General Election, the final vote count determined that Richard Hudson will lead the 8th Congressional District. The incumbent Democrat Larry Kissell went up against Republican Hudson for re-election to the seat in Washington, D.C.
Hudson earned the victory in Richmond County, where he secured 7,181 votes, or 38.3 percent, and by 11:20 p.m. the district wide vote tally stood at 159,224 votes, or 53.34 percent.
Kissell received 9,504 votes, or 50.7 percent, in Richmond County, and by 11:20 p.m. the district wide vote tally for the incumbent stood at 134,888 votes, or 45.19 percent.
Write-in candidate Democrat Antonio Blue received 2,046 votes, or 10.9 percent, in Richmond County, and in the rest of the district he received 4,391 votes, or just 1.47 percent.
These votes are the “unofficial votes” tallied by the North Carolin a State Board of Elections, and are subject to change.
“I am very grateful for the thousands of people who voted for me tonight,” said Hudson. “This is not just a victory for me or for one party, this is a victory for the people of North Carolina’s 8th District. Tonight’s results demonstrated that the voters are ready for new, conservative leadership in North Carolina. They are ready for lower spending and fiscal responsibility; they are ready for more, good paying jobs; and they are ready to take our country back for the principles and values that have held us together.
“While we celebrate tonight, the real battle lies ahead — for our country and the next generation. It will take hard work and tough decisions to turn things around but I am committed to working with Republicans and Democrats to achieve a better future for North Carolina,” Hudson said.
Hudson was born in Franklin, Virginia, on Nov. 4, 1971. He now lives in Concord, N.C. Hudson is the owner of Cabarrus Marketing Group, which provides marketing, strategic communications consulting and business development services to small businesses. His background also includes extensive public service.
“I have been absolutely blessed to have the support of my family, friends and supporters from across this wonderful district,” said Kissell. “Things didn’t work out as we had hoped, but as I told Richard earlier on the phone, he’ll be representing some of the best people in the world. I’ll be working with Richard to make sure we have a seamless transition so that our folks who need help will be ensured the world-class constituent service they deserve and have come to expect. I have considered it an honor to represent the people of the 8th district, and I look forward to the remainder of my term. There is much work to be done. Thank you and God bless.”
Kissell grew up in Biscoe, where he still lives today. He attended both Biscoe Elementary School and East Montgomery High School, where after a 27-year career in the local textile industry, he taught for the seven years prior to entering Congress.
Blue is a native of Hamlet, and a retired veteran of the U.S. Army, serving 24 years. He is mayor of Dobbins Heights. Active on the local and state level, Blue is president of the N.C. Black Elected Municipal Officials, and serves on the Richmond County Arts Council Board of Directors and the Richmond County Economic Development Council. He is the former Richmond County Democratic Party chair, where he served until announcing his candidacy for Congress.
Blue was not available for comment.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.