After all the votes were tallied, McIntyre appeared to have won a ninth term by under 700 votes. His margin was within the threshold to trigger a recount, and Rouzer requested one last week. After ballots were recounted, McIntyre was still the leader.
McIntyre won in a Republican-leaning district that gave Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) 58 percent of the vote at the presidential level in 2008. North Carolina was very tough for House Democrats in the 2012 cycle: Republicans picked up three seats in the Tar Heel State, overall.
McIntyre's win means Republicans will have a 234-200 advantage in the House to start the 113th Congress. That's a gain of eight seats for House Democrats in the 2012 election. The resignation last week of Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) left one vacancy that will be filled next March in a special election. Given the Democratic tilt of the district, the seat is expected to remain in Democratic hands, and would thus give Republicans a 234-201 advantage.
The only other outstanding 2012 House race is the Dec. 8 runoff in Louisiana's 3rd District between Republican Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry.
Rouzer, meanwhile, didn't rule out a 2014 bid, but said for now, his focus is on his business.
"To all of those who have encouraged me to run again in 2014, your sincerity means a lot," the Republican said. "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."