Public Safety Building in Brevard on primary election day in 2016.
A voting sign appears outside a Transylvania County polling place at the Public Safety Building in Brevard during the 2016 primary election. Ari Sen / Carolina Public Press

In NC congressional District 7, incumbent Republican David Rouzer voted against both articles and calls the impeachment a “sham.”

In a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rouzer said the impeachment inquiry was based on “hearsay and speculation, rooted in a deep-seated hatred for a man many of my colleagues on the other side detest. Not all, but many.

““We were told there was clear evidence of a quid pro quo for personal gain. After reading the transcript, it is obvious that you would have to make assumptions that wouldn’t even stand up in traffic court to come to that conclusion,” Rouzer said in part.

Democrat Mark Judson said he would have voted to impeach Trump and compared the impeachment process to a grand jury proceeding, which determines whether there’s enough evidence to determine if a crime might have been committed.

“Based on the portion of the impeachment hearings that I saw, it is my opinion that it is reasonable to believe that a crime (or crimes) may have occurred, and therefore, articles of impeachment should be sent to the Senate for trial,” Judson said. “The proceedings so far have been a thoroughly partisan affair.”

Other candidates in the race either did not respond or did not have contact information available.

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