In the last remaining Operation Counterweight race to be decided, Republican challenger David Rouzer trails incumbent Mike McIntyre by the narrowest of margins.
Of the more than 300,000 votes cast in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, McIntyre leads Rouzer by just 655 votes.
The Rouzer campaign released the following statement.
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. 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.
David Rouzer also sent the following request to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-182.7, I request a mandatory recount of the votes cast in the race for Member of Congress from the Seventh District of North Carolina as allowed by law. I make this request in light of the extremely narrow vote differential (655 votes out of more than 300,000 cast) to ensure an accurate count of all votes cast by citizens of the Seventh District.
North Carolina law authorizes a mandatory recount at the request of the trailing candidate provided the difference between the two candidates is not more than 1%. Clearly, Rouzer is well within this margin.
We will update you with the results of the recount when they come in.