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McIntyre's lead over Rouzer grows slightly, recount likely

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- After months of an often bitter race for the US House, the contest between Rep. Mike McIntyre and his Republican challenger David Rouzer may not be over.

UnoffIcial results from the North Carolina Board of Elections Wednesday morning show McIntyre edging out Rouzer by 507 votes, which grew by almost 200 votes in late tabulating. The margin of 167,524 to 167,017 is 0.16 percent. That means Rouzer can ask for a recount, which his campaign will not have to pay for.

"We feel great," McIntyre said. "From what we understand, that's the final count, and we're very grateful for that."

Both candidates spoke to supporters late in night, but neither man conceded.

"I know whatever the future may hold, the Lord's in control," Rouzer said.

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I'm a Republican voter. But

I'm a Republican voter. But I voted for Mike McIntire because he continues to serve the voters of southeastern North Carolina, regardless of how far to the left the Democrats shift.

He proved it when he was on of 13 Democrats who voted no for Obamacare. He did that because his constituents were against it.

He's a politician who represents those who voted him into office, not the special interests or the interests of the political party, and that's rare in this day and time.

Mike McIntire

Mike is the only representative I really know that does what he should and does what all the rest should. He represents his area without following party lines. If they all did this their rating would be much higher. But most just vote as the party says. If you represent an area then that should be your only concern regardless of party wants. Isn't that the way democracy works. Good for Mike. Everyone should always vote for a person like this.
Donald Preston

feeling kind of sick

I want to puke. On that chart on Rouzer's website, McIntyre passed No bills into law in 16 years of double-crossing lies in his award winning ugliest campaigns.I hope republicans get in their car this month and go out to his district of hard-working farmers and make sure their whole families are registered to vote. The people who are working 80 hours per week often aren't able to leave the fields during harvest season to go vote.

Harvest in November

If you harvest in Oct/Nov no wonder farmers are in trouble.

The broken GOP machine

Well GOP you had it in your grasp and you blew it. That is right, you blew it. Can't blame this one on anybody else but the 'good old boy' network. Let's take a look at how the did themselves in. Last election and when the district was even more Democrat favored, Pantano came very close to beating McIntyre. Well Pantano came back in a fury with a very strong backing locally and nationally and with the new district, probably would have taken McIntyre out this go around. But the 'good old boys' just couldn't handle that. No, they thought with redistricting they were working on a Republican 'lock' so they would just move 'one of their own' in. Here comes Rouser. Team player, party man. But not the clear choice of a vastly large number of Republicans and an even larger number of Independents that are needed to win a race. So, in the end here is what happened. Many Republicans and even more Independents P*ssd at the manipulations of the 'good old boys' did the old 'knee jerk' and voted for McIntyre. Or better put, against the manipulators. So all you good old boys that put the squeeze on the popular choice of the voting conservatives in this area with your antics, have a nice couple years knowing you threw away the seat!

Pantano?

Pantano was so excited about the re-districting, so why the whining?

Whinning? That will be the GOP, again!

Yes the redistricting would have worked if the GOP could have taken Brunswick County as well as Pantano had previously. But, they did not. If you can't figure out why then expect Mike to stay in office as many terms as he wishes. The GOP big boys did this to themselves. Next time they should pay more attention to the voters and the counts of record than their club membership. Whining? is it not Rousher that is staying home? So, just how much pull does his good old boy network feel they have today? Not much. Not much at all! They put a Democrat back in Washington.

Um, Pantano lost that race

Um, Pantano lost that race against McIntyre by 7.5 points. It was a strong showing but I wouldn't call it "Pantano came very close to beating McIntyre" as you wrote. The new district added a couple points to the R side, which is exactly where Rouzer gained mathematically. The only way he could have done better to win was for previous McIntyre voter to switch to Rouzer. Hard to do with 7 previous elections of voting for him.

I am a registered Republican

I am a registered Republican - vote Republican almost all of the time except for voting for McIntyre in the past. Rouzer was the first Republican candidate that I didn't think was a total clown. I know several family members who felt the same way and we voted against McIntyre for the first time.

He has been our representative for 16 years, nothing has changed, so it is time to give the new guy a chance.

Will be curious to see what happens in the recount.

NC/7 Election

Senator Rouzer: You ran an impressive race. With such a narrow margin of victory for Mr. McIntyre, I am convinced there is every reason to suspect chicanery by the Democrats, who have a long track record for hitting below the belt. Go for a re-count -- please. Mike has been in Washington for way too long. We need you there. God bless you and your team.

Wow...you got a bad batch of grapes, they appear to be sour.

David Rouzer can't be too upset. He got his wish. No "girly man" in the white house. And no "girly man" in District 7 either. Way to go Mike!