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Rep. Kissell defeats Johnson to retain seat in NC's 8th District

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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell is keeping his seat in the U.S. House, fending off a challenge from Republican candidate Harold Johnson.

Kissell won a spot in Congress just two years ago. He's a former textile worker and school teacher who voted against spending on a financial system bailout and President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Conservative groups had spent a half million dollars targeting the lawmaker.

Johnson is a former Marine who went on to a career as a Charlotte-area television sportscaster. He invested more than half a million dollars of his own money in the election, trying to combat large ad buys by Democratic party officials.

Libertarian candidate Thomas Hill was also on the ballot in the 8th District campaign covering south-central North Carolina.

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