Special Election To Be Held To Fill U.S. Rep. Mel Watt's Seat

5:47 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
President Barack Obama nominated Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., in May to be the next director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. (Photo: Mark Wilson Getty Images)
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Gov. Pat McCrory has decided to hold a special election to fill U.S. Rep. Mel Watt's seat at the same time as the primary and general elections in 2014.


McCrory said Monday that will save money. But it also means North Carolina's 12th Congressional District won't have a representative for 10 months.


Watt resigned Monday to become director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.


Voters will make two choices in a primary May 6 - first to see who will fill out Watt's expiring two-year term, and also for candidates for the next term that begins in 2015.


In November, voters will again cast two ballots - this time to fill the expiring term, then to fill the seat for the next two years. 

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