Rep. McIntyre could face second recount

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) could face a second recount on Wednesday when his districts finishes re-tallying the votes in his congressional race.

His battle with Republican candidate David Rouzer is one of the last undecided congressional races in the country. It was McIntyre’s 655-vote lead — within a 1 percent margin — that triggered Rouzer’s call for a recount in North Carolina’s 7th district.

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But Don Wright, the general counsel for the state board of elections, said Rouzer can request a partial hand recount if he continues to trail after the machine recount concludes. 

A hand recount of the entire district would be triggered if a discrepancy that could alter the race is found between the partial hand recount and machine recount.

But Wright said most recounts don’t change the outcome of a race.

“It is very rare there is a major difference,” Wright told The Hill.

McIntyre would be able to do the same if his lead doesn’t hold up.

The eight-term lawmaker continues to lead, with the vote relatively unchanged, in Bladen County, an area Rouzer cited as a reason to request a second tally of votes.  

Five other counties finished their count on Tuesday, with McIntyre netting six votes, according to The Associated Press and a local ABC affiliate.  

Bladen County Board of Elections member Ray Britt said McIntyre had netted two votes when  counting  finished on Tuesday.

Bladen County holds fewer than 16,000 votes, compared to 336,739 total in the district. But McIntyre won the county by 5,302 votes — the largest margin of any county.

“There is very little change with this many votes counted,” Britt said. “We are very pleased with that, especially when you are reading paper ballots.”

Rouzer called out the county for voting irregularities last week, citing it as one of two reasons to request a recount.

“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 last week.

Jessica Wood, communications director for the Rouzer campaign, said election workers in the county double-counted votes in one of the precincts. When it was fixed, the margin narrowed by 100 votes, she said.

Britt said one of the batteries in an electronic vote card malfunctioned and was immediately corrected. He took issue with the Rouzer campaign’s characterization of voting irregularities.