The recount was requested on Nov. 20 by McIntyre’s challenger, North Carolina Sen. David Rouzer, R-Johnston and Wayne, who trailed McIntyre, D-N.C., by a slim margin — 655 votes out of more than 300,000 cast in the general election race.
North Carolina State Board of Elections Executive Director Gary Bartlett had said the 12 counties would conduct recounts Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 26-28, after which the board would review the recount, canvass the votes and certify them.
In an email sent late Nov. 28 by his campaign, McIntyre said the boards of elections in the 7th District’s counties had affirmed his victory and he was grateful for the honor.
“My commitment has always been to serve the people back home,” McIntyre said in a prepared statement, later adding, “We have many challenges facing our great nation, and I will continue to seek bi-partisan solutions to help create jobs, protect Social Security and Medicare, help our small businesses, farmers, veterans, coastal communities, and always keep our nation safe and strong, and continue my very strong commitment to education!”
McIntyre also thanked Rouzer for his commitment and dedication to public service.
Rouzer too sent a message Nov. 28 through a campaign e-mail, saying he called McIntyre to congratulate him and wished him well.
“Now that the recount has been completed and the tally of votes is official, we can move forward satisfied that each vote was counted properly and accurately,” Rouzer said in the prepared statement.
Rouzer also thanked citizens in Johnston and Wayne counties for the privilege of representing them in the General Assembly during the past four years.
“With the Christmas Season upon us, I am setting any thoughts of my political future to the side, refocusing on growing my distributorship and consulting businesses while enjoying the farm and the holidays with family and friends,” Rouzer said.
The 7th District includes all or parts of Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Hoke, Johnston, Lenoir, New Hanover, Pender, Robeson and Sampson counties.