N.C. Rep. Fred Steen, a former congressional candidate for the 8th District, has endorsed Richard Hudson. Steen, who won 15 percent of the vote in the May 8 primary, cited Hudson’s experience and knowledge of the 8th District when making his endorsement.
Hudson, a former congressional chief of staff and one-time aide to former Rep. Robin Hayes, is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination after finishing first in the primary election. Hudson, however, failed to get the 40 percent needed to secure the nomination. He will face Scott Keadle, an Iredell dentist, in a July 17 runoff for the chance to face Democratic U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell in the general election.
Keadle, who received 22 percent of the vote in the primary, has also received key endorsements from former competitors. The day after the primary, Winston-Salem City Council member Vernon Robinson, who received 18 percent of the vote, and neurosurgeon John Whitley, 13 percent, announced their support for Keadle.