North Carolina's embrace of traditional marriage was the marquee election result from Tuesday night, but the complexion of the U.S. House races in redrawn districts also became a bit clearer.
In the Tar Heel State's seventh Congressional district, State Senator David Rouzer edged out 2010 GOP nominee Ilario Pantano.
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"I got in the race because this country is at a read crossroads, and I think we need to return to the principles of free enterprise and limited government," Rouzer told WND.
Rouzer is a former staff member for the late Sen. Jesse Helms and says Helms taught him how to say "no' and how to defend what needs defending. Rouzer says he holds many of the same beliefs and positions as Helms but this campaign is focused mainly on job creation and controlling the nation's soaring debt.
"This election is going to be on the economy. We have got to get the federal government out of the way," said Rouzer.
Rouzer also offers his case for why voters in his district ought to fire eight-term Democrat Mike McIntyre.