12th Congressional District

North Carolina voters will pick Congressional candidates on Tuesday. The primary was delayed after a federal court ruled two districts were illegally drawn along racial lines. Now the state's Congressional District map has been completely redrawn - including the two districts that touch Charlotte. Thursday, we previewed the 9th District - southeast and east of Charlotte. Today, WFAE's David Boraks is with Morning Edition host Marshall Terry to talk about the 12th  District, which is now entirely within Mecklenburg County.

Charlotte Observer

The race to represent North Carolina’s 12th congressional district promises to be an intriguing one. Incumbent Alma Adams doesn’t live in or even close to the newly redrawn district. Thursday, she said she plans to move to Charlotte.  Former state senator Malcolm Graham said this week he also plans to run in the Democratic primary.  

Michael Tomsic / WFAE

Republican lawmakers didn’t hide their agenda in approving North Carolina’s new congressional district maps last week. Representative David Lewis helped draw the maps and told a legislative hearing last week:  “We believe this map will produce an opportunity to elect 10 Republican members of Congress.”


At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, the North Carolina General Assembly will convene a special session. Lawmakers are there to fulfill a federal court order to redraw and ratify the state’s congressional districts by the end of the week.


A panel of federal judges has struck down two North Carolina majority black congressional districts, saying race was the predominant factor in drawing those lines but state legislators lacked the justification for doing so.

Charlotte voters will pick a new mayor November 3rd and a new poll shows the Democrat Jennifer Roberts leading the race. The Charlotte Observer poll of 1,324 likely voters shows Roberts with support from 54 percent. Republican Edwin Peacock has 39 percent, while seven percent are undecided. 

Tasnim Shamma /

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined Senator Kay Hagan on Saturday in Charlotte on Hagan's "early voting tour."

About 2,000 people showed up to hear Clinton speak at the Charlotte Convention Center. Clinton urged women to vote and said there need to be more women like Senator Kay Hagan in Washington.

Twelfth Congressional District Candidate Alma Adams of Greensboro was the warm-up act. She said Republican extremists have taken over the state legislature. She called state House Speaker Thom Tillis an "Uncle Tom." 

Duncan McFadyen

State Representative Alma Adams of Greensboro won her party's nomination for the 12th Congressional District seat. She carried 43 percent of the vote, which put her above the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff in the crowded Democratic primary.

The atmosphere was jubilant last night as dozens of supporters waited for Adams to arrive at a Greensboro restaurant.

At just after 9 o'clock, she walked in, smiling broadly.

Tom Bullock

 Less than two months after officially filing to run for Congress, former Charlotte city councilman James "Smuggie" Mitchell says he is no longer a candidate for the 12th congressional district seat.

Tasnim Shamma

It’s an unusual year for the 12th Congressional district race. For the first time in two decades, it’s an open seat.  Charlotte Democrat Mel Watt represented the district from 1993 until he resigned in January to take over as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Watt’s departure has created a lot of interest among Democrats. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen and Tasnim Shamma talk to Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt about the race.