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CLAYTON, NC (AP) — Veteran North Carolina Congressman Mike McIntyre admits he has an uphill fight to win re-election.

A conservative Blue Dog Democrat, McIntyre casually quotes Scripture, rails against illegal immigrants, touts his votes against “Obamacare” and says he’s never met a tax cut he didn’t like.

But that might not be enough for the 56-year-old McIntyre to defeat GOP challenger David Rouzer and win a ninth term representing eastern North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District.

National Republican leaders see the district as an opportunity to extend their U.S. House majority and are spending heavily on the race. The state’s Republican-dominated legislature redrew the district lines last year to trim heavily Democratic precincts, including McIntyre’s hometown of Lumberton.

A two-term state senator, Rouzer is from Republican-leaning Johnston County, which was added to the district.

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