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Ilario Pantano
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Candidate for
U.S. House, North Carolina , District 7
High schoolHorace Mann High School
Bachelor'sNew York University
Date of birthAugust 28, 1971
Place of birthNew York, New York
Professionformer United States Marine Corps second lieutenant, author, commentator
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Ilario Pantano was a 2012 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 7th Congressional District of North Carolina.[1] Pantano was defeated by David Rouzer in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012.[2]
Ilario Pantano for House campaign logo.


Pantano gained national attention in 2004 when as a U.S. Marine, he was accused of premeditated murder of two insurgent Iraqis during a unit mission near Fallujah. The charges were later dropped, but due to safety concerns for his family, Pantano resigned his officer post and was give an honorable discharge. He chronicled his experience in the best-selling book, "Warlord: No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy."[3]



Pantano ran for Congress in 2010, but lost in the general election to incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre (D).


See also: North Carolina's 7th congressional district elections, 2012

Pantano ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 7th District. Pantano sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was February 29, 2012. Pantano was defeated by David Rouzer in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012.[2]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[4] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[4][5]

North Carolina's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Rouzer 48.5% 34,647
Ilario Gregory Pantano 44.5% 31,752
Randy Crow 7% 5,012
Total Votes 71,411

Campaign donors

As of April 18, 2012, Pantano had raised $417,295 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $397,227, leaving him with $30,515 cash on hand. Of that, 87 percent came from individual contributions, seven percent from PAC contributions, and five percent from candidate self-financing.[6]

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