Solidifying his place as an early frontrunner in the race to take on Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.), one of the most politically vulnerable Members seeking re-election, former Hill aide Richard Hudson announced he had raised more than $100,000 in his first month as a candidate.
Hudson, who served as a chief of staff on the Hill and district director for former Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.), has strong support among the GOP establishment in Raleigh and in Washington, D.C.
In the Republican primary, Hudson faces four opponents, including some who have the ability to self-finance. Kissell, a former social studies teacher, raised $169,000 in the third quarter.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.