Richard Hudson wins the 9th Congressional District

RALEIGH — Republican Richard Hudson has won the North Carolina 9th Congressional District race over Democrat Ben Clark.

The results are still unofficial, but with all precincts reporting Hudson has taken 56.70% of the vote.

Prior to redistricting, Hudson had been elected to the U.S. House in North Carolina’s 8th District. In 2020, Hudson defeated Democratic challenger Patricia Timmons-Goodson in the race for that seat.

“Renee and I appreciate the outpouring of support throughout this campaign and I am honored for the opportunity to continue serving our community” said Hudson in a statement. “I now look forward to following through on our ‘Commitment to America’ to work towards an economy that’s strong, a nation that’s safe, a future built on freedom, and a government that’s accountable. As Fort Bragg’s Congressman, I will also continue to work every day for our veterans, our troops and their families.”

Clark represented District 21 in the North Carolina state senate. He first assumed that office in 2013.

Hudson was first elected to Congress in 2012 and has been successfully reelected each cycle since.

Prior to running for Congress, Hudson was the chief of staff for Texas Rep. Mike Conaway as well as chief of staff for Rep. John Carter and North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx.

Hudson was part of Republican Richard Vinroot’s campaign for governor in 1996. During the mid-1990s, Hudson was a communications director for the NCGOP. He would later become the campaign manager for Pat McCrory’s unsuccessful 2008 bid for governor.