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McIntyre appears to slide past Rouzer for Dist. 7 Congressional race

Congressman Mike McIntyre's watch party room. Congressman Mike McIntyre's watch party room.
Sen. David Rouzer's watch party room. Sen. David Rouzer's watch party room.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Mike McIntyre is the apparent winner in the U.S. House of Representatives District 7 Congressional race.

Preliminary results show McIntyre, a Democrat from Robeson County, appears to have won a very tight race against Sen. David Rouzer Tuesday night.  McIntyre says he won by 378 votes.  The State Board of Elections shows McIntyre ahead by more than 500 votes.

Rouzer says the race is too close to call. He's not calling for a recount yet, but said he will speak with his attorneys Wednesday and then make a decision on how to move forward.

The two were battling for the 7th District, which was recently redrawn.

McIntyre was first elected to represent the district in 1996. This win will mark his 9th term in Washington.

In Congress, Rep. McIntyre has served as a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Armed Services Committee.

He has also served as a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative Democratic House members that advocates the principles of fiscal responsibility, government accountability and national security.

Economic development, social security and Medicare have been key issues during McIntyre's campaign.

McIntyre has been under fire during his campaign because he never publicly endorsed or supported President Barack Obama.

Rep. McIntyre maintains four district offices in Bolivia, Fayetteville, Lumberton, and Wilmington.

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