With eight of 12 counties reporting, Republican Richard Hudson led Iredell County dentist Scott Keadle in the fight for the right to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. House District 8 Representative Larry Kissell.
With 20,596 votes (32.02 percent) at press time, Hudson led the five-man GOP field by a wide margin, but was still short of the 40 percent required to avoid a July 17 runoff against Keadle, a self-proclaimed “tea party” candidate.
In order of their vote totals Keadle (14,160), Vernon Robinson (11,577), Fred Steen (9,373) and John Whitley (8,610) rounded out the field.
At the same time Tuesday night, Kissell appeared to have locked up a Democratic primary victory over his challenger, attorney Marcus Williams, with a vote total of 44,971 (72.68 percent) against only 16,905 (27.32 percent) for Williams.
In Scotland County the results were somewhat different, with Hudson receiving 449 votes and still finishing on top. Behind Hudson were Robinson (230 votes), Keadle (215 votes), Whitley (174) and Steen (40).
Kissell more than tripled Williams’ vote total in Scotland County, claiming victory by a 3,666-1,079 margin.