Victors in the race for the 8th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes Richmond County, appear to be incumbent Democrat Larry Kissell and Republican Richard Hudson, who are expected to square off for the job in November.
Kissell said Tuesday evening, “I appreciate the continued widespread support of the people of our district as we work together to fight against bad trade deals, protect our seniors and veterans and work to ensure the absolute best future for working families here in North Carolina.”
Tuesday evening in Richmond County, Republican candidate Scott Keadle held the lead over Hudson with 695 votes against Hudson’s 620 votes.
At the same time, the North Carolina State Board of Elections’ website showed the votes of the entire District 8, and Hudson was in the lead with 32 percent or 20,596 votes and Keadle following behind with 22.02 percent or 14,160 votes. At that time, eight of 12 counties had reported their vote totals.
Democrat Kissell beat his opponent Democrat Marcus Williams with 5,338 votes (82.7 percent) to Williams’ 1,118 (17.3 percent), but that’s just in Richmond County. In all of District 8, Kissell lead with 72.68 percent, or 44,971 votes and Williams followed with 27.23 percent, or 16,905 votes, with eight of 12 counties in the district having reported to the state Board of Elections.
The other Republican candidates were lead by Vernon Robinson, who had 299 votes, or 15.9 percent in Richmond County. He was followed by John Whitley, who received 213 votes, or 11.3 percent. Lastly, Fred Steen received 58 votes, which was 3.1 percent of the vote.
On the state’s Board of Elections website, with just eight of 12 counties having reported, Robinson lead with 18 percent or 11,577 votes. In the district, he is followed by Steen, with 14.57 percent or 9,373 votes, and Whitley follows him with 13.39 percent or 8,610 votes.
These results are unofficial, and numbers continue to change on the state’s Board of Election website as precincts continue to report their numbers.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.