Candidates gear up for NC congressional race

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- With U.S. Rep. Mel Watt's confirmation as the nation's top housing regulator, candidates looking to succeed him in his North Carolina congressional district can move forward with their plans.  

In May, President Barack Obama picked the veteran Democrat to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.   

But until Tuesday, the nomination had languished because of Republican complaints that Watt is unqualified. Democrats say that is untrue. 

At least seven people said they'd run for Watt's 12th Congressional district seat if he was confirmed. 

Gov. Pat McCrory can call a special election to fill out Watt's two-year term. But first, Watt must resign from his congressional seat. 

Kim Genardo, McCrory's communications director, said Wednesday the governor was waiting for the State Board of Elections to recommend a timeline for a special election.
 

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