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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Rep. Mike McIntyre wants to return to Washington instead of taking a new office in Raleigh.

In a statement today, McIntyre, a Democrat from Lumberton, announced he will not run for governor. He had said he was interested in the state’s highest office after Gov. Bev Perdue announced she would not seek re-election.

“My heart is in public service, and I love North Carolina,” McIntyre said. “I am honored to have had my name considered for governor, but there is simply not enough time between now and May 8 to construct the type of campaign that I would have liked to establish. I appreciate the many kind words and encouragement I have received. My plan is to run for re-election to Congress.”

McIntyre, part of the Blue Dog Coalition of conservative Democrats, is seeking his ninth term in Congress. Republicans Ilario Pantano and David Rouzer are competing to challenge him in November.

Candidate filing begins Monday.

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3 Comments on "McIntyre will run again for Congress, not governor"

2015 years 10 months ago

his loyal Lumbee tribe gives him a decided edge in the election; that and a million dollar campaign fund.

2015 years 10 months ago

whatever man, i’d rather have big mac than than super psycho pantano….any day.

Mike T
2015 years 10 months ago

switch parties, be what you are, “a Republican”. Mike has done many great things for Southeast NC. Mike knows the territory, he has vast experience around Washington. Mike is so much superior to the Republican candidates, however,As a true Democrat I have much trouble supporting Mike as a Democrat. I don’t say that I wouldn’t support him as a Republican but I would much prefer a true lefty more so than a Blue Dog. The Blue Dogs in my opinion do nothing good for the Democratic Party. They like the tea party just get in the way of the rank and file and cause weakness within the party. Mike is just another number in the blue column, when did you last see him on the national news. I dislike voting for Mike but I have no other choice and wish I did!!


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