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McIntyre has raised 3x more money than Pantano

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - Both Rep. Mike McIntyre and Republican challenger Ilario Pantano have released campaign fundraising information this week.

The McIntyre campaign says the Democratic incumbent raised more than $286,000 between April and June this year. That gives him a grand total of more than $375,000.

Pantano says he's raised more than $100,000 so far in his campaign against McIntyre. Pantano's campaign manager, though, says Pantano raised more money than any other Congressional candidate in 2010.

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McIntyre will easily beat Pantano...reasons:

I urge everyone to visit fec.gov and click on the house races, then NC, then the 7th district. The listing will show the finances of McIntyre(MM) and Pantano(IP). Here are the main statistics last quarter:

Spent:
MM-94K
IP-103K(no doubt skimming off the top like he did last election)

Debt:
MM-O
IP-25K(does not look good for a Republican to be in debt)

Cash on hand:
MM-376K
IP-20K(negative $5,000 once you subtract out the 25K in debt)

As far as McIntyre running in this District:
The National Republican Party openly courted Pat McCrory to run against Larry Kissel for Congress in 2010 even though McCrory lives 3 miles outside of the district. Residency is NOT a requirement especially when Republican gerrymandering draws the line less than a mile from McIntyre's house.
Prediction:
McIntyre will run in the newly drawn 7th District, Pantano will continue his downward slide as his terrible background continues to surface, and the independents will vote for the following candidates swinging the race in our district:
Obama for President (because Bachman will seem too extreme)
McCrory for Gov (enough said about Perdue's failings even though Munger will take many votes from McCrory)
McIntyre for Congress (face it, Pantano has NO record of accomplishment and MANY personal failings)

Take a look at the new 7th District before you say that

They've taken away the societal leeches from the Western edge of his current district and replaced it with a solid Republican, high-income area that isn't familiar with Mike at all.

As always, I'm ready to support him financially and vote for him, but unless he can sell himself (quickly) to those folks, he won't be able to pull it off. They'll simply vote for the "R" candidate, just as those in Robeson County simply vote for Mike because he has a "D" following his name.

As I said below, I'd urge him to switch parties if the district lines remain as proposed. He's a good man and I've been proud to vote for him, but the political deck will be stacked against him unless he takes action to blunt the effects of re-districting.

But

which congressional district will McIntyre run in?

They split a portion of his district. I believe his personal residence sits outside of the 7th district.

So does he run in the 7th which has been redrawn and will have revised demographics and voters?

Or does he run in his "home" district which will contain all of his Lumbee supporters?

He & Mr. Pantano may not face each other in the next election. But they could both serve in the House.

Tom, he cannot win in the redrawn 7th district

Even though I have proudly supported him and voted for him, the stark reality is that moving the district Northeast makes it impossible for him unless he changes that "D" after his name to an "R."

In light of his voting record and not-so-secret friction between him and the majority of Democrats, I don't think anyone would have heartburn with him doing just that once the re-apportioning is finalized.

Common

I don't disagree with your thought. But will he do it?

He's always had the support of the Lumbee Tribal Council & he always brings big baskets of wampum home to them.

Time will tell; but I question whether he will choose to run in the 7th or switch to the newly carved district which now includes his personal residence.

I'm not certain he can reinvent & market himself in the newly drawn 7th; there's not that much time. And remember Onslow County is home to Camp LeJuene; and Mr. Pantano, if he runs, is a Marine -- you know the saying -- Once A Marine; always a Marine.

The wiser choice for him may be to run in the new district.

McIntyre Funds

It does not necessarily follow that the candidate who raises the most money gets elected. But, neither candidate draws a lot of interest from voters these days.

Correct.

Not much interests in either candidate. Good time for someone to step up.

pfft

Pantano raised more money than any other Congressional candidate in 2010 AND LOST ANYWAY.