A Republican challenger in North Carolina asked for
a recount Tuesday in his race against Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre, in
the last U.S. House contest that is too close to call.
David Rouzer trails McIntyre, an eight-term congressman, by 655 votes
or 0.2% of the ballots cast. Under North Carolina law, a candidate can
request a recount if the margin is within 0.5%.
"In a race this
close, accidental human error could easily change the outcome," Rouzer
said in a statement. "It is important to ensure that every legal vote
cast is properly and accurately counted."
Regardless of the
outcome, Republicans will hold onto the majority in the U.S. House with
234 seats. Democrats picked up eight House seats for a total of 201,
falling short of the 25 needed to regain power.