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Kissell advances; Johnson, D'Annunzio face runoff

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - First-term Rep. Larry Kissell has survived a Democratic primary challenge in North Carolina's 8th Congressional District and will have to learn who he will face in the general election as Republican candidates will need a runoff.

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Kissell won in a battle that was waged by one of his own former campaign volunteers.

Unofficial results Tuesday showed Kissell defeated Nancy Shakir of Fayetteville and will take on the Republican primary winner in the November election.

Shakir mounted a primary challenge in part because Kissell had voted against the health care bill.

In the district's six-candidate GOP race, body armor company founder Tim D'Annunzio of Raeford had 38 percent of the vote with two-thirds of precincts in, followed by retired TV sportscaster Harold Johnson of Concord with 31 percent.

The Associated Press projected at 10 pm Tuesday that no Republican candidate would get above 40 percent, which would force the runoff.

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