GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Friday was the last day for political hopefuls to throw their names in the ring for the 2014 primary elections.
High Point University Assistant Professor of Political Science Martin Kifer says a long list of congressional candidates will make it a tight race in both the sixth and 12th districts.
"It's been more than a decade easily since you've seen this kind of competition especially in both districts at the same time," Kifer said.
With longtime congressman Howard Coble retiring after representing district six for nearly 29 years, many have stepped up to take his place.
"Whoever comes into the seat in the sixth district is going to have big shoes to fill," Kifer said.
They are shoes looking to be filled by eight Republicans and two Democrats.
"What we're seeing is chances for a lot of people who might have been interested in those seats before to get into the primaries and compete for those seats," Kifer said.
With Congressman Mel Watt of district 12 leaving his seat in January to work in the Obama administration, the list of candidates to fill his seat is almost just as long.
Seven Democrats and two Republicans have all filed to represent the district -- a situation Kifer predicts will probably lead to a run-off.
"You have people who are really working hard to try and get themselves out in front of people in each of these districts," he said.
Kifer says hopefuls have already started reaching out to the school to ask for students to help volunteer for their campaigns.
"We have a lot of candidates," he said.