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GOP candidate asks for recount in North Carolina

10:47 AM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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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.

State Sen. 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.

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