CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Republican Richard Hudson has defeated Democratic foe Larry Kissell to become North Carolina's next 8th Congressional District representative.
With 100 percent reporting, Hudson took 54 percent of the vote, or 159,217 total votes to Kissell's 46 percent, or 134,875.
"This is a great victory," said Hudson after getting a call from Kissell congratulating Hudson on his win.
Hudson won by a double digit margin in a district that had been redrawn to add some 27,000 Republican voters.
Hudson was clearly helped by the redistricting but said that what propelled him to victory was that the voters wanted a change in Washington.
"People here are hurting. They want jobs and they are tired of the spending in Washington and they know I will go up there and do something about it," he said.
Kissell, 61, a former textile worker and high school history teacher, had been seeking his third two-year term. He was first elected in 2008, unseating Republican Robin Hayes. Kissell failed in his first bid to defeat Hayes in 2006.
Hudson, 41, is a conservative Republican who beat a crowded field in the GOP primary, and openly talks about his faith in God. He has worked on the campaigns of several GOP congressional candidates, including Hayes.
On Election Day each candidate spent time greeting voters at locally precincts, and doing some last minute campaigning. Hudson was on the attack for months, trying to tie Kissell to President Barack Obama. Hudson says Kissell has supported administration's policies, contributing to a weak economic recovery.
"He's done a very good job of coming home and talking about one or two of his votes," Hudson said b. "But for his first three years in Congress, he's voted 90-plus percent for Barack Obama. He actually has a very liberal voting record."
Hudson has said he would work to repeal the health care overhaul and reduce the size of the federal government. He also said the budget deficit is a major threat to the economy and wants to do away with government regulations that hurt efforts to create jobs.
Associated Press contributed to this story.