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Dockham bows out of congressional race

Rep. Larry Kissell has one less challenger vying for his congressional seat.

State Rep. Jerry Dockham told Roll Call last week that he’s opting to stay in the legislature and not  make a run for the the 8th Congressional District.  From the Roll Call article:

“I’ve pretty well given up on a Congressional run,” Dockham said. He said he believes he could better represent his constituents as a legislator in Raleigh, N.C.

Kissell, who has been labeled among the “most vulnerable” Democrats after redistricting, still has plenty of Republicans interested in his seat.

Former Iredell County Commissioner Scott Keadle, insurance exec Daniel Barry, and perennial candidate Vernon Robinson have already entered the race.

Robinson entered the 13th congressional district race (Rep. Brad Miller’s seat) in July, only to decide a few weeks later to move to Concord and try his luck in the 8th district.

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