State Rep. Fred Steen, one of five Republicans who ran for the nomination to oppose Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell in North Carolina's 8th District, has endorsed Richard Hudson in the GOP primary runoff. Hudson, a former Republican chief of staff on Capitol Hill, released the endorsement on Monday.
With Steen's endorsement, all three eliminated Republican contenders have chosen a runoff candidate to back. Vernon Robinson and John Whitley had previously announced their support for dentist and former county official Scott Keadle. Both candidates also draw support from Washington: Keadle from the Club for Growth, and Hudson from the YG Action Fund super PAC associated with Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., as well as a variety of former colleagues on the Hill.
Hudson finished first in the May 8 primary, with 32 percent of the vote, but Keadle and his new supporters from the GOP's tea party wing totaled more than 53 percent of the vote between the three of them. Keadle himself finished with 22 percent, in second place.