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Posted at 12:01 a.m. on May 10, 2012
State Sen. David Rouzer, who won a contested GOP primary contest Tuesday night in the 7th district, immediately took aim at his general election opponent, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D).
“He’s walked in lock step with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi,” Rouzer said in a short interview Wednesday, echoing national GOP talking points. “The stimulus bill in particular” would be an issue, he said. “Clearly the stimulus failed.”
Rouzer said he thought he needed to raise $1.5 million to $2 million to win. McIntyre had $764,000 in the bank in mid-April.
Republicans in the state believe that if there is one vulnerable Democrat who will survive this cycle, it’s McIntyre. Still, he faces a tough slog to keep his seat in a district that was reconfigured to be substantially more Republican during redistricting. The 7th would have voted
58 percent for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008 under the new lines. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.