The 2014 talk is starting and it's not just focused on which Republican will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.
Republican David Rouzer is looking at another run at U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre's seat in the 7th Congressional District. Rouzer lost by 650 votes in a prolonged recount in November, the closest race in the nation, he said. McIntyre was the only Democrat to win a highly contested seat that received national attention.
Rouzer, a former state senator who attended the first day of the legislative session Wednesday, confirmed he is considering another bid. And if he does, he plans to start in February -- and run a nearly two-year campaign. He says his late start in the 2012 elections cost him.
"I'm still evaluating my options," he said. By his math, Rouzer said he needed Romney to carry the state by another percentage point or two to best McIntyre. And he expects better changes in the midterm elections.