Rep. McIntyre faces recount in NC race

Rep. Mike McIntyre's (D-N.C.) Republican opponent is requesting a recount in their race, one of the last undecided House contests of 2012.

GOP candidate David Rouzer requested a recount on Tuesday from the state board of elections. The tally of ballots, completed on Friday, showed McIntyre leading by 655 votes — well within the 1 percent range to allow Rouzer's request.

The recount will begin the Monday after Thanksgiving and is expected to be completed by Wednesday.

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"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,” Rouzer said in a statement. “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."

Rouzer had until noon today to request the recount. The redistricting process turned McIntyre's seat more Republican this year, and he was a leading GOP target. He hung on, however, even as fellow North Carolina Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell, also a target, lost.

McIntyre blasted Rouzer over the redistricting process, which Rouzer helped shape in the Republican state Senate. McIntyre also said he is confident in the initial count and attacked his opponent for using taxpayer money for a recount.

“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,” he said in a statement Tuesday.

Not including the state's 7th district, Republicans will control the House 234-200 next year.

McIntyre's seat is one of the last remaining House contests to be called. Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) conceded his race early Tuesday after a partial recount of early votes showed him continuing to trail Democrat Patrick Murphy.

In Louisiana, two Republicans are heading toward a runoff in December, but it will not have an influence on the party makeup of the House next year.

McIntyre is one of the few remaining Blue Dog Democrats in the chamber. Fewer than 15 Blue Dogs will return to Congress next year after numbering 54 members in the 111th Congress.

McIntyre also weathered a tough reelection in 2010, winning by 6 percentage points.

Both parties contested the race fiercely this cycle, spending more in the district than both candidates.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $2.5 million, with the House Majority PAC spending another $130,000 to protect McIntyre’s seat, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Rouzer was given Young Gun status by the National Republican Congressional Committee, the highest fundraising label given by the committee. The committee spent $1.9 million, while the Young Gun Action Fund, a super-PAC, threw in another $1.5 million to try to unseat McIntyre.

The last congressional recount in North Carolina came in 2010.  Rep. Renee Ellmers’s (R) 1,500-vote lead held up to a recount forced by former Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) that year.  

— This story was updated at 12:50 p.m.