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McIntyre makes large ad buys in re-election campaign

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Reports show a large gap in spending so far in the Congressional race between Mike McIntyre and David Rouzer Reports show a large gap in spending so far in the Congressional race between Mike McIntyre and David Rouzer

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) –  We're starting to get an idea of some political strategy playing out in North Carolina's Seventh Congressional District race between incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre and his challenger, state Sen. David Rouzer.

Reports filed with the Federal Communications Commission show the Mike McIntyre for Congress campaign has booked more than $770,000 worth of advertising time with two broadcast television stations in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill market (WRAL, WTVD). The market includes Johnston County where Rouzer showed strength in the GOP primary against Ilario Pantano. Rouzer defeated Pantano in Johnston County by more than twelve thousand votes, which helped him secure the nomination by a little less than three thousand overall votes.

Johnston and Lenoir counties became part of the Congressional District in the North Carolina General Assembly's redistricting plan approved in 2011.

The FCC reports for the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill market do not include any media buys for David Rouzer for Congress. The latest report filed by the Federal Elections Commission showed McIntyre's campaign had more than $1 million cash on hand as of June 30, compared to Rouzer's $171,608. Rouzer spent more than $500,000 during the primary run against Pantano.

Mike McIntyre for Congress has also booked more than $207,000 worth of ad time on WECT in the Wilmington market through November 5, and another $11,000 on Fox Wilmington.  David Rouzer for Congress  has made its first ad buy in the Wilmington market, committing $16,000 for ads on WECT between August 23-28, and $2,440 on Fox Wilmington. It may be the center of Rouzer's focus, considering he lost all five counties in the Wilmington market in the primary.

These numbers do not reflect ads purchased by Political Action Committees which support the candidates. The National Republican Congressional Committee has already stated its plans to spend more than $800,000 to target McIntyre in his bid for re-election.

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