CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Republican businessman Richard Hudson has beaten incumbent U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell in North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District.
Hudson has been on the attack for months, trying to tie Kissell to President Barack Obama. Hudson says Kissell has supported administration’s policies, contributing to a weak economic recovery.
With two-thirds of the unofficial returns in, Hudson had 58 percent of the vote.
The seat in the conservative North Carolina district has been redrawn to favor Republicans.
The 61-year-old Kissell was seeking his third two-year term. He was first elected in 2008, unseating Republican Robin Hayes, the grandson of textile magnate Charles Cannon. Kissell failed in his first bid to defeat Hayes in 2006.
Hudson and Kissell both spent nearly $1.2 million in the contentious campaign.