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Democrats chose Adams to replace Watt

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -

Democrats in the 12th District primary have picked state Rep. Alma Adams in two races, one to complete Mel Watt's term through the end of this year and a second for a new, two-year term starting next year.

Adams beat five Democrats on the ballot for Watt's unexpired term, and six Democrats running for the full two-year term. Voters cast ballots for both races on the same day.

With 80 percent of the precincts reporting, Adams received 43.2 percent of the vote for the unexpired term, and 43.2 percent of the vote for the full two-year term. She needed 40 percent to avoid a runoff.

In all likelihood, Adams will replace Watt because the district, which starts in Charlotte and goes up Interstate 85 to Greensboro, is heavily Democratic.

Former Charlotte television anchor and radio personality Vince Coakley won the Republican primary over church pastor Leon Threatt.

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