CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell is trying to hang on to his seat in a conservative North Carolina district that has been redrawn to favor Republicans.

His opponent, Republican Richard Hudson, has been on the attack for months, trying to tie Kissell to President Barack Obama.

But Kissell says he's bucked the White House on a number of issues.

The 61-year-old Kissell is seeking his third two-year term. He was first elected in 2008, unseating Republican Robin Hayes.

The 41-year-old Hudson is a conservative Republican who beat a crowded field in the GOP primary.

The 8th District was redrawn after the GOP took control of the state legislature in the 2010 election and includes more traditionally Republican areas and some of the state's fastest growing counties.

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