Longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre appears headed for re-election over challenger state Sen. David Rouzer, as the results of a recount were all but complete Wednesday afternoon.
The Democratic congressman from Lumberton picked up eight votes in the recount, as of mid-day when 11 of 12 counties in District 7 had reported, according to state Elections Director Gary Bartlett.
Still to be counted is Duplin County, where McIntyre led Rouzer in the Nov. 6 vote count by 1,368 votes. As a result, the outcome is not likely to change, said Bartlett.
“Not unless there was a big, big, big mistake,” Bartlett said, “and I don’t think that happened.”
The recount took place Monday and Tuesday in all counties but Duplin, which began Wednesday. Duplin reported to the state office that it didn’t expect to conclude its recount until 7 p.m. at the earliest. So Bartlett was on his way to Duplin County on Wednesday afternoon to check in on the recount, he said.
Once all the results are in, the losing candidate could request a hand-eye count. Neither Rouzer’s nor McIntyre’s campaigns were releasing statements this afternoon; both campaigns said they would wait until all the results were in.
In another outstanding election, state Rep. Bill Cook on Wednesday called on the state Board of Elections to declare him the winner in coastal Senate District 1, where a recount gave him a 21-vote victory over incumbent Sen. Stan White. But White has requested a hand-eye count.
Bartlett said that will begin in Pasquotank County on Friday afternoon, and in the other counties on Monday or Tuesday. A random sampling of 3 percent of the ballots will be counted; if those results can be extrapolated to indicate the outcome would change, then the state board can order a hand-eye count for the rest of the ballots.
Update: At least one close election was finally wrapped up Wednesday, when the deadline passed for District Court Judge S. Quon Bridges to ask for a hand-eye count. Challenger Amanda Stevenson won the Nov. 6 count and the recount by about 300 votes. The judgeship covers Franklin, Granville and Vance counties.