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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — State Sen. David Rouzer beat Ilario Pantano and Randy Crow in the GOP primary for the state’s 7th Congressional District, but at least one of the men he beat isn’t ready to accept the results.

After the Associated Press called the race for Rouzer late Tuesday night, Pantano refused to give any interviews to WWAY or any other media outlets at his Election Night party at Mayfaire. Pantano did say on his way out that he was not confident in the AP polling results. The state Board of Elections results show Rouzer won 48.5 percent of the vote to Pantano’s 44.5 percent. The margin of victory was nearly 3,000 votes.

Sen. David Rouzer told WWAY, "We knew this was going to be a very tough, tight race and we’ve made enormous gain in the last three and a half weeks and it was all going to come down to turnout…we had a big turnout."

"I’m surprised," Pantano supporter Chris Woehrle said after the candidate left the party. "I really thought that he would say something, but in 2010 he lost, not by much… and now this. I think he’s having a hard time dealing with it."

In November Rouzer will represent the Republican Party in against eight-term Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre of Lumberton, who had no party opposition.


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  • RM

    Another piece of bologna from the same news source… I don’t understand how you benefit from posting stories like this? Pantano has been nothing but respectful to the media for the past 2 years, and in his defeat he put friends and family first, like a gentleman should. He gave you a tv interview 10 minutes before the AP statement came out, was that not enough?
    He put his everything into this election because he loves our country, and how did he respond to the loss? He encouraged all conservatives to unify and back David Rouzer! Report some truth for once WWAY.

  • larjerr

    He didn’t put up enough signs…lol

  • Guest9743

    Let’s face it….losing might be a good thing for Pantano, as an author he now has more time for writing!!

  • JudiY

    My husband and I voted for Pantano, but I said before we voted that he was not going to win. He would have won easily if he had responded on TV to the “going back to the moon” ad.

  • Roberto

    No wonder Mr. Pantano lost, he’s got a lot of haters. Washington DC is full of politicians and there are very few good people, but its us, the voters who put those politicians in. We get duped everytime and then we complain. We voted Obama in and none of his “promises” were kept. Here we have a man, (with Pantano) who is going against the grian and we bad mouth him when we do not know him. Stop your hating and do your homework.

  • Mike T

    On May 5th I wrote about the timing of Mr. Goolsby and Mr. Rouzer ,s
    announcement for their halting of the Monkey Junction annexation. They have declared 31 votes in their favor. I have no doubt that this was good politics for Mr. Rouzer and may have taught Mr. Pantano a hard lesson on how it’s done in North Carolina. Lets all hope Mr. Rouzer can fulfill his promise, if not he will be in real trouble.

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