Reps. McIntyre and McCarthy will not seek re-election
McIntyre did not reveal a particular reason for his retirement, but did say, "In eastern North Carolina, we have demonstrated that public service is a partnership between the people and the representative they entrust to speak on their behalf...Having answered the call entrusted through this partnership, I will be retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of this term."
McCarthy was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013, and cited health concerns in her retirement statement.
The retirements further complicate Democrats' ability to forge a path to a House majority in the 2014 elections. Most observers believe it will be easier for Democrats to maintain control of McCarthy's 4th Congressional District seat than McIntyre's, which lies in North Carolina's increasingly conservative 7th Congressional District and is considered one of Ballotpedia's battleground districts in 2014. Republicans currently hold a 17 seat majority in the House.
- North Carolina's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014
- New York's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014