Republican Vernon Robinson dropped his bid to run in the 13th Congressional District and plans to run instead in the 8th District, where Democratic U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell is the incumbent.
Robinson plans to move from Winston-Salem to Concord, a town in the 8th District.
"I will be a resident of Concord on Monday," Robinson said. "I worked in Concord a number of months last year. It's a nice place to live."
Candidates don't have to live in the congressional districts they seek to represent, but residency mutes questions about running as an outsider.
Robinson's family won't be moving with him.
"We have two still in high school," Robinson said. "I'm not going to move them while they're still in high school."
Robinson has run for Congress before: in the 5th District GOP primary in 2004, and in the 13th District against Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Miller of Raleigh in 2006, even though Winston-Salem is not in the 13th.
His decision to run in the 8th rather than the 13th comes after legislative map drawers rotated the proposed district lines, taking it out of Forsyth.
Republican map-makers drew two Democrats into the reconfigured 8th District, Kissell and U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre of Lumberton.