Going into 2012, the 8th Congressional District GOP primary was one of the hottest races in the state. Republicans think incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell is vulnerable and the primary attracted a packed field.
And even though the 10-candidate race to replace retiring Congresswoman Sue Myrick is getting more attention now, the 8th GOP primary is still big money and big TV.
Scott Keadle is loaded with Club for Growth cash. Richard Hudson boasts a number of establishment Republican endorsements. And state Rep. Fred Steen -- who is endorsed by House Speaker Thom Tillis -- is hitting a local theme. His new TV ad (above) features local folks and was filmed and produced locally. The kicker: “Like me and my campaign this commercial is 100 percent local,” Steen says.