12th Congressional District

Election 2014
4:19 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Hillary Clinton Campaigns For Senator Kay Hagan On Early Voting Tour

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton campaigns for Senator Kay Hagan during Hagan's early voting tour of the state on Saturday.
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." 

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Local And State Elections
5:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Adams Wins 12th District Democratic Primary

Alma Adams speaks to supporters in Greensboro, N.C. on May 6, 2014
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.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

James Mitchell Withdraws From 12th Congressional District Race

James Mitchell and supporters held yard signs at a special city council meeting on April 7 announcing the selection of Dan Clodfelter as the new mayor of Charlotte following Patrick Cannon's resignation. He was being considered for the position. He announced he is no longer running for congress on April 14.
Credit 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.

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Politics
11:38 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Seven Democrats, Two Republicans Running For Watt's 12th District Congressional Seat

Seven Democrats and two Republicans are running for the 12th congressional district seat. Early voting for the May primary election begins on April 24.
Credit 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.


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Politics
8:58 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Twelfth District Candidates Talk Education

Pictured left to right: George Battle III, Sen. Malcolm Graham, Curtis Osborne, Rep. Marcus Brandon and Vince Coakley. Five of the nine North Carolina 12th district congressional candidates met Thursday night at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church in Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Four Democrats and one Republican running to represent North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District met Thursday night at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church for a panel hosted by the John S. Leary Association of Black Attorneys.

The theme of the night: how to improve the state and country's educational system.


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Politics
9:05 am
Tue January 14, 2014

McCrory: Not Many Options For Special Election For Mel Watt's Seat

Governor Pat McCrory announced the special election for Congressman Mel Watt's seat will coincide with the general election schedule.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Governor Pat McCrory says he didn't have many options for when to hold a special election for the 12th congressional district.  Mel Watt resigned from his seat on January 6 after he was sworn in as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

So Far, Six Enter Competition For Watt's Coveted House Seat

The 12th Congressional District was redrawn in 2011. A special election cannot be announced until Mel Watt (NC-12) formally resigns from his position.
Credit Google Maps

Now that Congressman Mel Watt has been confirmed as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, there will soon be an open seat in the 12th district.

So far, there are at least six candidates – all African-American Democrats – who are competing for his office in a special election. When that election will take place remains unclear.

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The Party Line
5:02 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

12th District's History, Future Will Be Getting More Attention

North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District has a storied and controversial history and the likelihood is that the district will garner even more attention when a variety of events converge within the next few months. 

With Congressman Mel Watt’s nomination to head the Federal Housing Financing Agency, an open-seat contest has already attracted considerable attention, especially from black Democratic candidates seeking to replace the 20-year veteran legislator. 

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