More than three weeks after the election, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre finally locked up victory Wednesday, as a recount solidified his slim lead over state Sen. David Rouzer for the congressional seat he has held for 16 years.
McIntyre lost one vote in the recount, bringing the revised split to 168,695 for McIntyre and 168,041 for Rouzer – a difference of 654.
“I am very grateful to have the honor of serving the citizens of Eastern North Carolina,” McIntyre said in a news release Wednesday night. “My commitment has always been to serve the people back home. I have always sought to bring people together – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – to do what’s best for our area.”
Rouzer conceded Wednesday night, saying, “Now that the recount has been completed and the tally of votes is official, we can move forward satisfied that each vote was counted properly and accurately. I have called Congressman McIntyre to congratulate him on a hard-fought victory, and I wish him well as he joins a new Congress that will be dealing with very difficult issues facing our country.”
Rouzer had called for a recount after tally of provisional votes gave McIntyre a 655-vote lead in the 7th Congressional District, where nearly 337,000 people cast ballots in 12 counties stretching from the Triangle to the coast.