One of the few remaining Blue Dog democrats, Rep. Mike McIntyre, is claiming a narrow victory in the 7th congressional district of North Carolina –— but still faces a possible recount. McIntyre held a 655-vote lead — 168,697 votes to 168,042 — over his Republican opponent, David Rouzer, after the final vote tally on Friday. The race has not yet been called. The margin is well within the limits to trigger an automatic recount if Rouzer chooses to seek one.
Rouzer’s campaign has not conceded the election to McIntyre and told The Hill it would make an announcement on its decision either Monday or Tuesday. Rouzer has until noon Tuesday to request a recount, according to the The Bladen Journal.
Both parties contested the race fiercely, with the Democrats and Republicans spending more in the district than both candidates.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $2.5 million, with the House Majority PAC spending another $130,000 to protect McIntyre’s seat, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.