Republicans are targeting freshman Democratic U.S. Rep Larry Kissell in 2010.
Party strategists believe that, with a strong candidate, reclaiming the suburban Charlotte-based district could be possible, Roll Call reports.
Kissell defeated Rep. Robin Hayes last year.
Hayes’ deep roots, Congressional tenure and fundraising ability make him a desirable candidate to try to take back the seat. But after five terms, another rigorous campaign might not be on Hayes’ agenda.
Hayes said he is still considering a 2010 run but that he is also working closely with the party to recruit other strong candidates.
Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory has been mentioned as another top prospect, and he has not ruled out a Congressional run.
Other potential Republican challengers mentioned include Union County District Attorney John Snyder and former state Rep. Mia White.
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