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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Democrat Mike McIntyre announces retirement. Seat shifted to "safe Republican"

That was quick! Less than one hour after Congressman Mike McIntyre of North Carolina's 7th district announced his retirement the Rothenberg Report changed his seat's rating from "pure toss up" to "safe Republican". Obviously the 9 term congressman enjoyed a great deal of personal loyalty.
McIntyre has been a consistent GOP target, particularly after the last round of redistricting, when Republicans redrew his district to be much more Republican. Mitt Romney won the 7th District, 59 percent to 40 percent in 2012. John McCain carried it 58 percent to 42 percent in 2008 and President George W. Bush won it 62 percent to 38 percent in 2004.
In the face of long odds, McIntyre prevailed last cycle, 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent, over Republican David Rouzer.

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