Former North Carolina state Sen. David Rouzer (R) will challenge Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) again in 2014, in what will likely be one of the most competitive races of the cycle.

McIntyre, whose southeastern district became more conservative after Republican-led redistricting, beat Rouzer in the fall by less than 700 votes.

Rouzer plans to make an official campaign statement next week. He told the Post that the 2012 race has improved his name identification in the district and will help him next year.

"I've had time to build my brand, share my vision, enable folks to get to know me much better," he said.

McIntyre has filed paperwork to run for a 10th term and is one of the few non-freshmen getting help from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as part of the "Frontline" program. He is one of the few conservative Blue Dog Democrats left in the House. He may face a primary challenge from New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield.