Skip to comments.Hudson, Keadle headed toward runoff in 8th District primary
Posted on 05/08/2012 9:45:16 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Richard Hudson, who worked with former Eighth District Republican Representative Robin Hayes, is closer to securing the district for himself after gaining more votes than the other four Republicans in the GOP primary on Tuesday.
Since Hudson could not reach 40 percent of the vote, he faces a primary runoff with second-place finisher Scott Keadle in June or July.
As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Hudson had 31.3 percent of the vote, followed by Scott Keadle at 22.2 percent, Vernon Robinson at 17.8 percent, Fred Steen at 15.1 percent and John Whitley at 13.5 percent.
This was a huge victory for us carrying Cabarrus by a large margin, Hudson said.
He said he will take his conservative message and strong grassroots campaign to the runoff against Keadle.
Keadles campaign also is poised to fight on for the nomination.
Tonight was a resounding victory for the people of the United States versus the Washington, D.C. establishment, Lauren Slepian, spokesperson for Scott Keadle for Congress said in a statement. We look forward to continuing to represent we the people in the runoff.
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Hopefully, Vernon Robinson (the third-place finisher) will endorse Scott Keadle and put him over the top and defeat Richard Hudson, the former Congressional aide who has establishment support.
The news in North Carolina is mixed.
District 3: Anti-WOT incumbent Walter Jones easily won renomination.
District 7: State Senator David Rouzer narrowly won the primary, will face Mike McIntyre, a Blue Dog.
District 9: In a surprise, ex-state Senator Robert Pittenger finished first place and faces a runoff against Mecklenberg County Commissioner Jim Pendergraph. Pendergraph is a law-and-order ex-Sheriff, while I know little about Pittenger.
District 11: Conservative favorite Mark Meadows finished first place, but fell just short of avoiding a runoff. He’ll face Vance Patterson.
District 13: A dissapointment. Ex-U.S. Attorney George Holding will be the nominee to succeed retiring Democrat Brad Miller. Holding is OK, but nothing great.
I was hoping for Pantano in district 7 to reward him for having the guts to run for the seat before it became a cinch for a Republican.
District 8, I hope Keadle wins.
Too bad Bill Randall didn’t win district 13, in fact he placed 3rd of 3.
In other news LT Gov Walter Dalton beat Bob Ethredige in the rat gubernatorial primary.
Lots of GOP runoffs for statewide offices. Just winning Governor isn’t enough, we only have 2 of those offices now. This must be Elaine Marshall’s 10th term as SOS.
I hadn’t noticed before but no Republican ran for AG. Why is AG always the hardest office to win? Must be the trial lawyers money behind the democrats.
Pittenger spent far more than any other candidate, mostly his money. My impression of him was positive in limited interaction. In his original race for NC Senate he categorically opposed the lottery (a scam) and holding a referendum on the lottery (another scam) - all to the good in my book.
Pendergraph has his fans, including Myrick & Bill James, who served with him on co commission, but it seems to me the biggest difference between the two is tone, and the district should end up with a fairly competent rep either way.
It's tough to compete with the big boys. If CFG or a tea party PAC had gotten behind him he would have had a chance, but his effort wasn't Grade A either.
I hadnt noticed before but no Republican ran for AG. Why is AG always the hardest office to win?
Because the Democrat can get lots of positive anti-crime press and if they can avoid personal wrongdoing it's tough to pin a "Roy Cooper turned a blind eye to X corruption" tag on them.