NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – It has been over 100 years since a Republican has held a seat in the 7th Congressional District, but come this November Mike McIntyre could have some competition.
Balloons decorated the Fox and Hound in Wilmington as newcomer Ilario Pantano celebrated his win Tuesday night. Supporters were jubilant when it was clear the Republican had pulled ahead.
Will Breazeale and his supporters gathered at Carrabba's just down the road, but his party was smaller a little quieter. After losing twice, Breazeale says he will not run again and won't vote in the General Election.
According to Breazeale, there is a lot of pressure in the Republican Party to not speak out against fellow Republicans. He says there were many things regarding Pantano's history that were not exposed during the campaign.
Pantano disagrees and says he's been forthcoming of everything and has been exonerated of all prior charges against him. He says he's the best man for the job.
While most eyes were on Pantano and Breazeale, a third candidate received more votes than expected. Randy Crow has run unsuccessfully for 16 various offices and campaigns. This year, however, he received a sizable portion of the votes.
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