North Carolina's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

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North Carolina's 12th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Alma Adams Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Safe D[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[3]

North Carolina U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 12th Congressional District of North Carolina will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 28, 2014
May 6, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: North Carolina is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote in their respective primaries. Voters may choose a primary ballot without impacting their unaffiliated status.[4]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 11, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 10, 2014 (25 days before the day of the election).[5]

See also: North Carolina elections, 2014

Incumbent: Melvin L. Watt (D), who was first elected in 1992, resigned from his seat in 2013 to take a position in the Obama administration.

North Carolina's 12th Congressional District is located in the west-central portion of the state and includes Mecklenburg, Cabbarus, Rowan, Davidson, Forsyth and Guilford counties.[6]


General election candidates

May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[8] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[9] Melvin Watt voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[10]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[11] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Melvin Watt voted for HR 2775.[12]


Democratic primary
Poll Alma Adams Malcolm GrahamGeorge BattleJames MitchellMarcus BrandonCurtis OsborneRajive PatelUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Hamilton Campaigns
February 28-March 4, 2014
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District history

Candidate ballot access
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The 12th Congressional District of North Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent Melvin L. Watt (D) won re-election. He defeated Jack Brosch (R) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMelvin L. Watt Incumbent 79.6% 247,591
     Republican Jack Brosch 20.4% 63,317
Total Votes 310,908
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Melvin L. Watt won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Greg Dority (R) and Lon Cecil (Libertarian) in the general election.[14]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 12 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMelvin L. Watt incumbent 63.9% 103,495
     Republican Greg Dority 34.1% 55,315
     Libertarian Lon Cecil 2% 3,197
Total Votes 162,007

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