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New Congressional map would split New Hanover, Pender

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A new plan to redraw Congressional districts in North Carolina would radically change the way southeastern North Carolina is represented in Washington. Meanwhile, the two men who planned to run for the 7th District Congressional seat still plan to run in that district, regardless of where it is.

See the new Congressional redistricting map

The new plan would put the northwest corner of New Hanover County and much of western Pender County in the 3rd Congressional District. The 7th District, which currently serves our area, would look much different. While Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen would stay in the 7th District, most of Robeson County, where Rep. Mike McIntyre lives, would be pushed out. The district would also grow northward into Johnston County, but cut out much of Cumberland County.

A previous plan had kept eastern Robeson County in the 7th District, but would push McIntyre's hometown of Lumberton out. It also added Onslow and Carteret to the district, meaning a large Marine Corps population tied to Camp Lejeune, which likely would have helped Republican challenger Ilario Pantano in the 7th District. Those counties would be part of the 3rd District.

"Ilario made the decision to run for Congress earlier this year without knowing what the district lines might be, because he knew from listening to the people of Southeastern NC that they were ready to have a Congressman who would fight for their conservative principles," Pantano's campaign said in a statement. "We are very confident that regardless of what the final district lines look like the people of North Carolina's 7th Congressional district will continue to respond positively to Ilario’s conservative message of creating jobs by reducing taxes and cutting regulations which will spur private sector economic growth, cutting wasteful federal spending, reducing the debt and reforming government."

McIntyre's campaign condemned the new map, but said the Congressman still plans to run in the 7th District. In the meantime, the campaign said McIntyre will fight to put Robeson and Cumberland Counties back into the district.

"Congressman McIntyre has accomplished much for the 7th District and southeastern North Carolina for the past 15 years, and he will work to continue to represent it in the next Congress and for the foreseeable future," McIntyre's campaign said in a statement.

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Tom, this shifts the advantage back to Mike

Taking Onslow and especially Carteret out of 7 negates the need for him to change that D to an R.

My money says that Jones got involved. He wants to keep his voting bloc intact and there's no real reason for the Republicans to want McIntyre out.

Re: Congressman McIntyre

I'm good with whatever gets do-nothing Congressman McIntyre out of office. For 15 years he has "represented" southeastern North Carolina and has done nothing for the local economy. Right before elections, he hands out a few checks to some good causes. How can he be in Congress for 15 years and not have any type of leadership role in the House? No major committees and nothing that can benefit his district. This shows the faith the Democratic Leadership has in him - none. He spends his time trying to get the Lumbee Indians designated as a true tribe. Thanks for nothing.

By the way...Pantano is a very dangerous politician and comes across as very untrustworthy and scandalous. If you want to go from bad to worse - elect him.

You answered your own question, Einstein

McIntyre doesn't have a committee because the Democratic leadership hates his guts! It has nothing to do with their faith in him. He has been a reliable vote against the Socialist takeover of America, voting against Obamacare, against Cap-n-Trade, against the GM and Chrysler bailouts, etc.

It's amazing that you claim he does nothing for the 7th District when most people accuse him of being the king of pork, for all the cash he does bring into the district.

BTW, Pantano is only dangerous if you're an Iraqi insurgent who makes threatening moves and doesn't follow orders to stop.

seN.Carolinians=Hooked on Fed $$ thanks to McIntyre

se North Carolinians have become dependent on the crumbs that Cong McIntyre throws their way from the federal table. They'd best learn to stop being so adverse toward economic development because the fed gov't is broke. Those rivers of revenue will soon slow to a trickle, whoever gets elected in Nov 2012. seN.Carolinians need to wean themselves from the federal teet and become more self sufficient. They'll find they'll be much better off if they do.

"Pantano is a very dangerous

"Pantano is a very dangerous politician and comes across as very untrustworthy and scandalous"
Can this be backed up or is it just more baseless maligning? Agreed on McIntyre’s vote-buying tactics, and that’s why I’ll take the former Marine who fought for America.