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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The two candidates for an eastern North Carolina congressional district are accusing each other of misleading the public about legislative records and work history.

Eight-term incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre of Lumberton and Republican challenger David Rouzer of Benson traded charges during a half-four program on WRAL-TV that aired over the weekend. Redistricting has expanded the district northwest to the Raleigh suburbs of Johnston County.

Rouzer accused McIntyre of raising the national debt and voting for amnesty for illegal immigrants.

McIntyre said Rouzer was the one who lobbied Congress to bring illegal immigrants to the state and accused him of lobbying for a “foreign country” in Washington. Rouzer said he was working to export US tobacco to Japan and improve the guest-worker program to help North Carolina farmers.

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