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Rouzer calls for vote recount in NC 7th Congressional District

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – State Senator David Rouzer is calling for a recount of votes in North Carolina's 7th Congressional District.

The State Board of Elections announced earlier this month that Rep. Mike McIntrye had won the race with a final tally of 168,697 votes going to McIntyre, and 168,042 votes going to Rouzer.

Since the margin between McIntyre and Rouzer is within one percent, the challenger has the right to a runoff.

Rouzer released the following statement Tuesday:

Considering this is the closest Congressional race in the country and in light of the irregularity previously found in Bladen County, which significantly reduced the vote margin at that time, I have decided to request a mandatory recount of the votes cast in the 7th Congressional District as allowed by law.  In a race this close, accidental human error could easily change the outcome.  It is important to ensure that every legal vote cast is properly and accurately counted.

Cynthia Shaw, the Bladen County Board of Elections Director, said she is not sure what  Rouzer means by "irregularities in Bladen County."

Rouzer's campaign manager Jessica Wood said, "the Bladen county BOE workers double counted the votes in a precinct that had voted overwhelmingly for McIntyre.  When they fixed it, the vote margin between the candidates narrowed by almost 100 votes."

The recount will start Monday, November 26 in each county and must be complete by November 28.  See below for a full list of when each county in the 7th district will start its recount.

It is unclear how much the overall recount will cost, but according to New Hanover County Board of Elections Director Marvin McFadyen, it will cost an estimated $5,000 for a simple machine recount in the county.

McIntyre's campaign manager released the following statement in regards to Rouzer's request for a vote recount:

While we respect the legal right for a recount, it is unfortunate that taxpayer dollars, time, and resources will be spent on a process that has been closely monitored. All twelve county boards of elections in the 7th District have carefully reviewed the votes and the results have already shown Mike McIntyre to be the winner. For someone who has claimed fiscal responsibility, David Rouzer is asking taxpayers to pay for his pursuit of his own personal political ambition in a district he had drawn for himself.

Recount dates/times by county (provided by the NC BOE)


Mon. 11/26/12, 9:00 a.m.


Mon. 11/26/12, 9:00 a.m.


Tues. 11/27/12, 9:30 a.m. (county is attempting to arrange the recount to be held at a precinct building near its office, the time is pending until those details are set)


Mon. 11/26/12, 9:00 a.m.


Wed. 11/28/12, 9:00 a.m.


Tues. 11/27/12, 9:00 a.m.


Mon. 11/26 and Tues. 11/27/12, 8:30 a.m. both days


Tues. 11/27/12, 9:00 a.m.

New Hanover

Tues. 11/27/12, 9:00 a.m. (and Wed. 11/28/12 if not finished on Tues.)


Mon. 11/26/12, 9:00 a.m.


Mon. 11/26/12, 8:15 a.m. (and Tues. 11/27/12 if not finished on Mon.)


Tues. 11/27/12, 10:00 a.m.








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