WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — State Sen. David Rouzer beat Ilario Pantano and Randy Crow in the GOP primary for the state’s 7th Congressional District, but at least one of the men he beat isn’t ready to accept the results.
After the Associated Press called the race for Rouzer late Tuesday night, Pantano refused to give any interviews to WWAY or any other media outlets at his Election Night party at Mayfaire. Pantano did say on his way out that he was not confident in the AP polling results. The state Board of Elections results show Rouzer won 48.5 percent of the vote to Pantano’s 44.5 percent. The margin of victory was nearly 3,000 votes.
Sen. David Rouzer told WWAY, "We knew this was going to be a very tough, tight race and we’ve made enormous gain in the last three and a half weeks and it was all going to come down to turnout…we had a big turnout."
"I’m surprised," Pantano supporter Chris Woehrle said after the candidate left the party. "I really thought that he would say something, but in 2010 he lost, not by much… and now this. I think he’s having a hard time dealing with it."
In November Rouzer will represent the Republican Party in against eight-term Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre of Lumberton, who had no party opposition.