The final unresolved 2012 House race between a Democrat and a Republican has reached its conclusion, with Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) winning reelection in North Carolina's 7th District following Republican state Sen. David Rouzer's concession.
“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 a statement released late Tuesday. "I have called Congressman McIntyre to congratulate him on a hard-fought victory, and I wish him well as he joins a new Congress that will be dealing with very difficult issues facing our country."
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."