Republican Robin Hayes won North Carolina's 8th Congressional District in 1998, only to be greeted by an unwelcome surprise four years later. Democratic redistricters removed Republican precincts and added Democratic ones, increasing Al Gore's 2000 percentage from 43 to 46. The African-American percentage continued to increase over the decade, and Hayes finally succumbed to teacher Larry Kissell in the massive Democratic turnout of 2008.
The 8th that Kissell took over was still an R+2 district and was truly a middle-of-the-road swing district. Kissell nevertheless won handily in 2010.
2012 looks to be a different story altogether. Republicans are repaying Democrats in spades for what was done to Hayes by making the district about eight points more Republican. Kissell faces a quality challenger in Hayes' former chief of staff, Richard Hudson. The DCCC canceled its ad buys in the district, suggesting that it has little faith in Kissell's ability to win this time.