Before announcing that he would not run for re-election, incumbent Mike McIntyre (D), was one of seven early targets listed by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the 2014 congressional elections. The seven targets aligned perfectly with the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. McIntyre's district ranked as the most Republican (38 percent Democratic).
McIntyre was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.Republican David Rouzer -- who narrowly lost to McIntyre in 2012 -- is again running for election to the seat. The National Republican Congressional Committee added David Rouzer to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents." In March 2014, Rouzer was included on the NRCC's "Young Guns" list.
- The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," January 16, 2013
- FairVote "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," January 18, 2013
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
- Raleigh News & Observer "Rouzer to run again for Congress," March 30, 2013
- Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’" accessed November 21, 2013
- NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014