GOP Rep. Hudson holds on to North Carolina seat

GOP Rep. Hudson holds on to North Carolina seat
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GOP Rep. Richard HudsonRichard Lane HudsonGOP's Banks burnishes brand with Pelosi veto Lawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection Pharmaceutical industry donated to two-thirds of Congress ahead of 2020 elections: analysis MORE is projected to have edged out his Democratic opponent, Patricia Timmons-Goodson, in the race for North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District.

The Associated Press called the race at 10:47 p.m. EST.

Hudson, who was first elected to Congress in 2012, faced his most difficult race yet after the lines of his district were redrawn to be slightly less Republican-leaning, putting the seat in play.

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Polls showed the candidates within points of each other in the weeks leading up to the election.

Timmons-Goodson, the first black woman on the North Carolina Supreme Court, placed a strong emphasis on health care and civil rights issues during the course of the campaign, while Hudson placed a focus on veterans issues and the military.

Nonpartisan political handicapper The Cook Political Report ranked the race as “lean red.”