WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Republican David Rouzer of Johnston County won retiring Democrat Mike McIntyre' U.S. House seat Tuesday night.
Rouzer garnered a majority of the vote, outpolling Democrat Jonathan Barfield, a New Hanover County commissioner, and Libertarian Wesley Casteen, a Wilmington attorney.
According to returns tabulated by The Associated Press, Rouzer was leading Barfield with more than 58 percent of the vote.
"It's been a long run," Rouzer said Tuesday night. "There's no question about that."
A former state senator from Johnston County, Rouzer narrowly lost in 2012 to McIntyre, who is not seeking re-election after serving since 1997. Rouzer defeated New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White in this year's GOP primary.
"Tonight is not about me," Rouzer said. "It's about the future of this country and making America great."
Rouzer vows to protect the military, work to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut wasteful spending and regulations.
He raised far more money than Barfield and Casteen combined. With less than three weeks before Election Day, Rouzer reported $326,000 in political contributions during the third quarter.
Barfield did not concede Tuesday and released the following statement:
The 7th congressional district includes parts of 12 counties and stretches from Wilmington to Raleigh suburbs in Johnston County.
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