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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.

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Governor Pat McCrory has scheduled the special primary election to replace 12th district Congressman Mel Watt for May 6th. That’s the same date as the primary for all races. And it means even a temporary replacement for Congressman Watt won’t be chosen until November. That has upset a lot of the governor’s critics. They accuse him of playing politics, because the majority minority district is a Democratic district. The leader of the state NAACP says the move denies people their constitutional right to representation. The governor says he’s doing what makes the most sense.

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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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.

Tasnim Shamma

The nomination of North Carolina congressman Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday.

The U.S. Senate voted 57-40 to break Republican opposition to Watt’s nomination. Democrats were able to move the nomination forward thanks to a change in Senate rules that Democrats pushed through last month in response to numerous blocked nominations.  

Watt Faces Senate Skeptics, Confirmation Unclear

Jun 27, 2013

Charlotte Congressman Mel Watt's path to become the next head of the agency that oversees mortgage finance remains unclear after his senate confirmation hearing in Washington on Thursday.


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. 

My most recent post was entitled With Nomination in Hand, Foxx Faces GOP Delay Machine.  While several cabinet nominees have faced delaying tactics by the minority GOP conference in the U.S. Senate for reasons perhaps other than the nominee’s qualifications, this week’s other Charlotte nominee may face not just delay, but a possible denial of his appointment.

Two NC Congressmen Endorse Obama

Apr 16, 2008

Congressmen Mel Watt and David Price are joining four other North Carolina superdelegates, endorsing Barack Obama. WFAE's Lisa Miller has more.