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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the battle for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District seat continues, Rep. Mike McIntyre released a list of local leaders who support his reelection.

McIntyre says 75 percent of the mayors in the 7th District have endorsed him in his race against Republican David Rouzer.

Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti is one of the local leaders who showed his support today for the eight-term incumbent Democrat.

Both Cignotti and McIntyre say they believe in running a positive campaign. They also believe that the Congressman’s actions and long list of supporters speak for themselves.

“We’re trying to keep our message focused on ways we can help eastern North Carolina,” McIntyre said. “That’s always been what my focus has been, and that’s why we’re blessed, so blessed, with Democratic, Republican and independent support. That’s being shown in the polls that’s being shown with the mayors here today.”

Cignotti said, “I believe Congressman McIntyre just needs to let his record speak for itself. What he’s done stands out. And he has a long history of working hard for his constituents. I don’t believe he needs to get into the negative part of any campaigning.”

This afternoon, Rouzer campaign spokeswoman Jessica Wood responded.

“David has the endorsement of the North Carolina senators who represent counties in the 7th District, as well as endorsements from Mrs. Dorothy Helms and former Senators Elizabeth Dole and Lauch Faircloth,” Wood said in a statement. “Voters in the 7th District will ultimately decide which candidate is better prepared to represent them in Congress. And we believe this November voters will reject Congressman McIntyre and his 16 years of ineffective leadership in Washington and elect David Rouzer to represent them instead.”

Special interests are having a lot of say in this campaign, too. Politico reports $3 million of outside spending in the race. That’s fifth most of any Congressional contest in the country.

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