After a long battle in the primaries, the Seventh Congressional District—that stretching from Wilmington to the Raleigh suburbs--is down to one Republican contender for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Mike McIntyre. Former state senator David Rouzer of Johnston County won more than fifty-three percent of the vote last night, beating Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commission, and Chris Andrade, a Fayetteville military veteran.
In November, Rouzer will face off against another New Hanover County Commissioner, Democrat Jonathan Barfield, who won more than fifty-eight percent of the Seventh District’s blue ballots, besting retired Johnston County detective Walter Martin. Before heading to Johnston County to celebrate his victory last night, Rouzer visited with supporters at New Hanover County’s GOP Headquarters.
"I think our message of getting our country back to the founding principles of free enterprise and individual liberty and economic freedom—people understand that you can’t spend more than you make—you know, those things that I fought so hard for in the state legislature, um, you know, folks are ready for somebody to take those values to Washington. So we’ve been campaigning on that for a good while and working very hard and building support, day by day, for a long time now."
As of ten-thirty last night, White had not delivered a concession speech.