NEWS ALERT: McIntyre declares victory with 655-vote lead

by Michelle Saxton
Friday, November 16, 2012

U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre’s campaign announced late Friday, Nov. 16, that he was re-elected to his 7th District Congressional seat as counties finished the canvassing process that followed a close general election race with North Carolina Sen. David Rouzer.

McIntyre led by 655 votes, his campaign said, with 168,697 total votes to Rouzer’s 168,042 votes in the 7th District, which covers all or parts of 12 counties, including New Hanover County.

Election results were still listed as unofficial on the North Carolina State Board of Elections’ website Friday evening.

“I’m honored that the voters of eastern North Carolina have put their trust in me to represent them in Washington. I thank them for their confidence and pledge to continue to put their interests first,” McIntyre, who currently was serving his eighth term in office, said in a prepared statement. “Our country faces many challenges and we need less partisan rhetoric and more cooperation in Washington. I will continue my work to lower the deficit, cut government spending and red tape so small businesses can flourish and we can create more jobs.”

McIntyre, D-N.C., of Robeson County, had led with about 500 votes late on the Nov. 6 general election night.

It was not immediately clear if Rouzer, R-Johnston and Wayne, would request a recount. A statement from his campaign was expected early next week, spokeswoman Jessica Wood said in a Nov. 16 email.

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