Seapower scramble.

Seapower scramble. HASC Seapower subcommittee Ranking Member Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) may not know for some time if he will return to Congress next year. McIntyre’s Republican challenger, North Carolina state Sen. David Rouzer, calls on Nov. 20 for a recount of votes cast during the Nov. 6 election. Rouzer trails McIntyre by 655 votes, or 0.2 percent of the ballots cast, and under North Carolina law candidates can compel recounts if they are within 0.5 percent, according to the Associated Press. “Considering this is the closest congressional race in the country and in light of the irregularity previously found in Bladen County, which significantly reduced the vote margin at that time, I have decided to request a mandatory recount of the votes cast in the 7th Congressional District as allowed by law,” Rouzer says in a Nov. 20 statement. “In a race this close, accidental human error could easily change the outcome. It is important to ensure that every legal vote cast is properly and accurately counted.”

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