JOHNSTON COUNTY — Republican developer David Rouzer has won the 7th Congressional District.

Rouzer was up against Democratic broker and New Hanover Co. commissioner Jonathan Barfield and Libertarian Attorney J. Wesley Casteen.

Former 7th District Congressional Democrat Mike McIntyre is retiring.

Rouzer ran for this seat last year and barely lost to McIntyre. It was the closest race in the country.

Rouzer supporters gathered at Gregory Vineyards in Johnston County.

Rouzer, who grew up in Durham, spent many summers working on a family farm in Johnston County. He says in Congress he wants to champion small businesses. He says this is the only way to bring down the national debt.

Rouzer formerly worked for former U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Jesse Helms. He served two terms in the state Senate.