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This is now several days old, but I hadn't seen it diairied yet.  Congressman Mike McIntyre has held on to beat David Rouzer in the redrawn 7th Congressional district that includes Wilmington, NC.  Unless Rouzer decides to pull an Allen West, and he may, add another Democrat to the column, or rather one that we barely survived.

This should come as mixed news, as McIntyre is a quintessential "Blue Dog," routinely votes with Republicans on numerous issues (if my memory serves me correct, that includes major legislation like the Affordable Care Act).  He's also alleged to have ties to the Christian fundamentalist group based in Arlington known as "the Family"  (a link to Jeff Sharlet's fantastic expose of the same name).  All of this has given me serious reservation about McIntyre and I would personally like to see him lose the seat, but not to an even more conservative Republican.

On the plus side, McIntyre is very smart and articulate, and seems to be hardworking and hold a firm grasp of issues that are of importance to his constituents.  This is also a year in which Democrats were absolutely hammered with redistricting in North Carolina, resulting in a loss of three congressional seats (and that coming during a very favorable election for Democrats).  We also lost the Governor's mansion at a time when our state legislature is under full and unambiguous Republican control.  Dark times in North Carolina.  So at this time, a win is a win, and I'll take it.

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  •  Not called yet (10+ / 0-)

    I suppose CNN and AP have better things to do than call inconsequential races when the majority has been determined.  I did notice that McIntyre's lead went from just under 500 to 655, so there must have been a canvass or provisional ballots must have been counted or something.

    Anyway, another late win means one less seat that will need to be flipped  in 2014 to get a Democratic majority.

  •  Southeastern NC-07 & FL-18 CDs are the last two (6+ / 0-)

    House races yet to be called.

    IMO both races are done and Democratic candidates finally prevailed.

    That's a major upset for the GOP in the Southeast. Both of this races were leaning Republican before the elections and they ended up in the Democratic column.

    Demographic changes in the South present a major challenge for Democrats in the future battles for Congress and the Presidency. NC, SC, GA and FL in the Southeastern region and AZ in the Southwest have been transformed into territories of great potential for the Democratic Party.

    That's fantastic news for John McCain, indeed...

  •  He better than you might expect on (5+ / 0-)
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    MadGeorgiaDem, lzmd, radarlady, bear83, Woody

    some things, and as bad as you would expect on others. I'm glad he won. He's better than the Republican alternative.

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    by We Won on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 03:40:15 AM PST

  •  I agree with you. (5+ / 0-)
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    MadGeorgiaDem, lzmd, radarlady, bear83, Woody

    Anything that makes crawling out of the hole we've got in NC right now is a good thing.

    "Speak the TRUTH, even if your voice shakes."

    by stellaluna on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 04:00:25 AM PST

  •  On a talk show yesterday.....Brunswick County was (2+ / 0-)
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    rabid for Pantano. After he was defeated by Raleigh-picked Rouzer, they sat on their hands.

    •  That's not entirely true...I saw them promote (0+ / 0-)

      Rouzer.  But, Rouzer just didn't have "creds" of Pantano in terms of appearing to be a totally bat-shit crazy teabagger.
      Rouzer would have been a disaster...but only in the sense of adding to the disaster we already have.  NC voted...and now I hope those who got what they wanted get it good and hard...right up their.....

      The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

      by Persiflage on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:20:20 AM PST

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  •  Good win (3+ / 0-)
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    But overall, something drastic needs to happen to even things in NC and all other states, that have massively changed their landscape due to Gerrymandering.
    OH, PA, CO, NC, FL, WI have all been screwed by Republican Legislature.

    Here is what Wikipedia says about Mike McIntyre:

    In 2008, McIntyre authored the Veterans Outreach Improvement Act.[6] The bill, which is designed to increase funding to veterans' programs, was passed by the House unanimously. He has also written legislation to help tobacco farmers receive government subsidies and buyouts. On September 29, 2008 he voted against the $700 billion bank bailout plan [7] He has indicated his opposition to the national Democratic party plans for a health care reform bill[8] and in March 2010, McIntyre voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He said: "After we help jump start our economy, we should again turn our attention to health care reform – but with a clean slate."[9] McIntyre indicated his support for repeal on multiple occasions.[10][11] McIntyre was the only N.C. Democrat to vote against the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."[12] In January 2011, McIntyre was one of 3 Democrats to vote with the unified Republican caucus for the repeal of the recent health care reform law.[13] In 2011, he co-sponsored HR 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,[14] The bill contained an exception for "forcible rape," which opponents criticized as potentially excluding drug-facilitated rape, date rape, and other forms of rape.[15] The bill also allowed an exception for minors who are victims of incest.[14] In July 2011, McIntyre was one of five Democrats to vote for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act.[16]

    Don't forget to register to vote here:

    by bepanda on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:16:59 AM PST

  •  I'm one of McIntyre's constituents (3+ / 0-)
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    and I voted for him...all the while with a clothes-pin on my nose to protect myself from the stench of my own hypocrisy in so doing.  But, of the offerings, he was the least distasteful.

    The NC Democratic Party has, in my opinion, long been uninterested in finding and promoting "better" democrats and McIntyre is the poster child for their lack of diligence.

    McIntyre voted against stem-cell research expansion and many other progressive ideas.  His "faith" guides many of his he says...and yet he has also done some good thigs.  He's also a shameless provider of our tax-dollars towards local projects that provide him with photo ops and things to crow about...whether those projects are/were truly needed or not.

    His compatriot, Larry bounced out.  Kissell was a high school teacher that promised much and delivered little.  The R that took his seat is likely much worse, but Kissell lost, I think, because he alienated his base.
    I'm anxious to see how well he integrates back into the work force at a salary 1/4th of what he got at the Congressional trough....if he can find work.  

    The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

    by Persiflage on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:39:39 AM PST

  •  I live in Wake County (Raleigh) (1+ / 0-)
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    and I think it would be nice, if we could ride the NC Dem. party of all these DINOs.
    What makes Mike McIntyre a Democrat? I don't really know. The guy is against everything the Democratic party stands for. EVERYTHING.

    Don't forget to register to vote here:

    by bepanda on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 07:48:21 AM PST

  •  LCV Ratings for McIntire are generally good (2+ / 0-)
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    He's the lowest of NC's Democrats,

    112th, 1st Session (2011)    54%
    111th Congress (2009-2010)    83%
    110th Congress (2007-2008)    76%
    109th Congress (2005-2006)    67%
    108th Congress (2003-2004)    68%
    107th Congress (2001-2002)    64%
    106th Congress (1999-2000)    33%

    but far better than NC's GOP members, who other than Walter Jones (who usually manages about 30%), can't seem to ever top 10%.

    McIntire may be the best we can do in NC-7, at least for now. Redistricting has put NC firmly in Republican hands for now.

    Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

    by bear83 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 08:02:21 AM PST

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