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Could Charlotte lose 12th District Congressional seat?


Early voters admit concern about North Carolina s 12th Congressional race. Charlotte and Mecklenburg County could say goodbye to the seat, because of a very crowded field.

Since 1993, Democrat Mel Watt  has been the sole person to occupy the seat, but all of that changed when President Obama tapped him to head up the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Now, nine Democratic and Republican candidates have filed for office. Several of them come from Mecklenburg County.

Michael Dickerson, the Mecklenburg County Elections Supervisor, feels its all about the numbers.

"If they take the Mecklenburg County base and divide them up among the four or five, would that be enough to cancel each out each other, if somebody is in the Greensboro Guilford County area or Forsythe County area," Dickerson said.
The strong candidate that many have their eyes on is state Senator Alma Adams from Greensboro.

Charlotte voters fear the those running for the seat from Charlotte like State Senator Malcom Graham and newcomer George Battle could cancel each other out.

Former Mecklenburg Democratic Party Chairman shares that view.
He said, "With the multiple candidates in that district now, there's a distinct mathematical chance that we won't have the member of Congress from this end of the district."
Voters like Linda Ashendorf  have a vested stake. "I want to keep it in Charlotte," she said, "They're all good and I've contributed to several, but I think we may lose the seat."
Next Tuesday, voters will elect someone to fill out Watt's term that expires in January of next year, and they will also pick a new representative to be in the seat full time.

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