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North Carolina 8th District


Robin Hayes*

Robin Hayes* (R)*

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Larry Kissell

Larry Kissell (D)

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North Carolina Snapshot

RCP Senate Ranking: Toss Up

Senate Race: Hagan (D) vs. Dole (R)*
Governor Race: Perdue (D) vs. McCrory (R)
Presidential Race:
Obama (D) vs. McCain (R)
Competitive House Races: NC-8

Key 2006 State Races: NC-11

2004 President: Kerry (D) vs. Bush (R)
2004 Senate: Bowles (D) vs. Burr (R)

Polling Data

PollDateSampleHayes (R)Kissell (D)Spread
SurveyUSA10/4 - 10/5609 LV4149Kissell +8
PPP (D)7/2 - 7/5541 LV4336Hayes +7

Race Summary

Rep. Robin Hayes beat teacher Larry Kissell (D) by a few hundred votes in 2006, when Kissell used campaign gimmicks such as a pygmy goat mascot named CAFTA and one day charging a gas station's customers a discount on gas, equal to the price when Hayes first took office. This time out, Kissell is raising more money and national Democrats won't overlook the suburban Charlotte district, as they did before. Kissell will also reap the benefits of Obama's GOTV efforts, especially among the relatively large African American population.

Previous Election Results

2006: Hayes (R) 50, Kissell (D) 50
2004: Hayes (R) 56, Troutman (D) 44
2002: Hayes (R) 54, Kouri (D) 45

2004: Bush (R) 54, Kerry (D) 45
2000: Bush (R) 54, Gore (D) 46

All Commentary & News Stories

- Return Of The Goat - Kyle Trygstad, Politics Nation

- NC 08: Hayes +10 - Poltics Nation

- Groups of Campaign Ads Launched - WRAL

- Hayes, Kissel Debate Money Announcements - Fay Observer

- DCCC Poll Shows Kissell Up 8 - Reid Wilson, Politics Nation

- Rep. Hayes Has Bachmann Moment - Politico

- 'Hate' Remark Stalks Hayes - Charlotte Observer

- Hayes Loses Lead, Gives $250,000 for Ads - Charlotte Observer