In a statement, McIntyre, who faces an uphill slog to re-election after the Republican Legislature adjusted his district to be substantially more Republican, wished Perdue the best going forward.
“The ideals and issues that make our state and nation great do not belong to either political party,” he said. “I love North Carolina; I love serving its people; and I am always open to considering broader opportunities to serve, including the possibility of Governor.”
The Legislature also gerrymandered the districts of Miller and Shuler. Miller’s 13th district was essentially eliminated, and he chose to step down instead of running against fellow Democratic Rep. David Price. Shuler’s district became the most Republican in the state, and although he is a skilled campaigner, he would face a tough fight to return to the 113th Congress.
Roll Call rates Shuler’s race a Tossup and McIntyre’s race Leans Republican.