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FIRST ON 3: Rouzer to make statement on recount tomorrow

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Three days after finding out the final vote count shows he lost his run for Congress, Republican David Rouzer is yet to say whether he will request a recount. That should change tomorrow.

The State Board of Elections website shows results from Friday's canvass have Rouzer trailing incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre by 655 votes in their race for the 7th District seat in the US House. The margin represents 0.2 percent of the 336,739 votes cast in the election.

When asked for an update on where Rouzer stands in his decision whether to ask for a recount, campaign spokeswoman Jessica Wood said in an e-mail, "We will be releasing a statement tomorrow morning."

Because the margin is so slim, Rouzer qualifies for a recount if he wants one, but it could come at a significant cost to the 12 counties that are part of the 7th District. Earlier today, Linda Coleman, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, conceded her close race with Republican Dan Forest. It's estimated her decision not to request a run-off saved North Carolina's 100 counties upward of $2.5 million.

McIntyre, a Democrat, who at this point appears to have won a ninth term in Congress, declared victory despite a razor-thin majority on Election Night. Rouzer has been publicly silent ever since.

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Definitely Recount

A recount verifies the integrity of the system in all precincts amid all of the allegations of ballot changing issues. This is an opportunity to verify the ballot system, which seldom occurs, for the count to be this close. Yes, recount the ballots.

costs us millions to recount ballots HOW?

How can the people we already pay to count ballots
intimidate candidates and voters with a millions of dollars estimate price to recount ballots, please explain this

Who Cares

Who cares about his statement?He lost. He was a poor choice (outside of his own county). Mike has proven himslf and will continue to do so. I wonder if Rouzer will have his football uniform on?

we care ! 150,000+ people voted for him! so you are wrong

STOP the voter recount intimidation! We need Rouzer if he rightfully won! Why steal his right as a candidate to hold office if he won?

Rouzer rightfully lost

Hey smart guy/gal. Rouzer already rightfully lost. He designed this District to rip apart Wilmington, distribute minority voices, and add his home county and take away McIntyre's and he STILL lost. Oh yeah- don't forget about the $1 million more outside groups wasted on Rouzer over McIntyre. The people have spoken. GOP and outside special interests determined to only care about party affiliation- that's not how we do things here. Waste your money elsewhere!

If Linda Coleman had

If Linda Coleman had requested a recount, people would be screaming, "She's wasting taxpayer dollars!!!" But it's different with Rouzer though, right? I'm going to need for him to show the same decency. He lost. Time to move on.