Tim D'Annunzio, Republican candidate for Congress in the 8th district, today received the highest number of votes in the 8th district Republican primary, and faces Harold Johnson in a runoff on June 22. Tim received 37% of the vote, and released the following statement:
"I first of all would like to thank the voters of the 8th district who cast their ballots today in favor of a return to a limited constitutional government. Without your support over these past 9 months, I would not be within striking distance of Larry Kissell.
"While I did win a majority of the vote, the fact that I did not reach the 40% threshold leads us to a runoff election on June 22. I will take the runoff election as an opportunity to continue to show the voters of the 8th district that I am the only conservative candidate in this race.
"Across the country, true Republicans face attacks from their less-than-conservative opponents, and I will continue to be a champion of conservative, constitutional values. I challenge Harold Johnson to a series of debates over the next six weeks so our differences can be clear for the voters.
"My message throughout this campaign has been consistent. The level of spending by our government is unsustainable, and puts us on a path to bankruptcy. We must bring government spending back under control by reducing its size and doing away with programs and departments that are unconstitutional.
"On June 22, I hope to gain the support of those voters who may have cast their ballot for a different candidate on the Republican ticket. Together, we can bring Larry Kissell home, and give North Carolinians a voice in Washington who truly represents their best interests and values."