8th, 9th Congressional Republican Races Headed To Run-Off
Both the 8th and 9th district Republican congressional races are headed to a run-off. Richard Hudson in the 8th and Robert Pittenger in the 9th were the top vote-getters but they didn't get enough for an outright win. On the Republican side, the race to fill Sue Myrick's seat was a competitive one and it looks like it still is. None of the ten candidates got the required 40 percent to avoid a run-off. Pittenger got the most votes, but Jim Pendergraph was just a few thousand votes behind. Pittenger is a real estate investor and a former state senator. He gave his campaign $1.1 million and that helped him buy a lot of TV and radio ads, many of them negative ones aimed at Pendergraph. Pendergraph is a Mecklenburg County Commissioner and former Sheriff. He says he'll be requesting a run-off. In the 8th congressional district, incumbent Larry Kissell easily won the Democratic primary. But, again, no Republican is an outright winner. Richard Hudson got the most votes. He's was the top aide to current state GOP chairman Robin Hayes when Hayes represented that district. Scott Keadle, an Iredell County dentist, was a few thousand votes behind. Keadle got a lot of support from the conservative super PAC Club for Growth Action. A congressional run-off will be held July 17.