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Kissell Could Face Dem Write-In Candidate

July 12, 2012

Bad news for vulnerable Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell, who is struggling to keep his job in North Carolina's 8th District. He may be not the only Democrat running in November. McClatchy:

Democrat Antonio Blue, mayor of Dobbins Heights in Richmond County, is stepping up as a write-in candidate to challenge Democrat incumbent U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell and the winner of Tuesday's Republican runoff between Richard Hudson and Scott Keadle.

Blue, also chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party, was hand picked by the 8th District's Black Leadership Caucus political action committee and announced Wednesday after a vote by caucus members.

Kissell angered the caucus after he voted against President Barack Obama's health care plan and was one of 17 Democrats who voted to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Kissell's challenge is to win over conservative white voters (most of whom don't like President Obama) in the district without alienating the black voters he also needs to win. As House Race Hotline noted last week, in March, Kissell's pollsters specifically said that minority voters were the key to his "expansion potential" from a dangerous-looking 46 percent starting point.

But it looks like Kissell's outreach to his right may have cost him with the black vote he must have if he's going to survive. His story is a reminder of the delicate and difficult balancing act that politicians must often undertake to keep their jobs.

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