WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Republican David Rouzer has asked for a recount in his Congressional race against incumbent Mike McIntyre.
“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.”
In an e-mail, a Rouzer campaign spokeswoman said, “The Bladen county BOE workers double counted the votes in a precinct that had voted overwhelmingly McIntyre. When they fixed it, the vote margin between the candidates narrowed by almost 100 votes.”
Results from the North Carolina Board of Elections show McIntyre won a ninth term in Congress by 655 votes over Rouzer, a state senator from Johnston County. That margin represents 0.2 percent of the 336,739 votes cast.
“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,” McIntyre campaign manager Lachlan McIntosh said in a statement. “All 12 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.”
There’s no word yet on how much the recount will cost the 12 counties in the district. A statewide recount of all 100 counties was estimated to run about $2.5 million.
Under state law, a recount is triggered if a candidate trailing by less than 0.5 percent asks for the second tally.