Which One of These Candidates Will Replace Mel Watt in Congress?
A crowded field runs to replace former Rep. Mel Watt.
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Mel Watt - All eyes are on the North Carolina U.S. Senate race, but several candidates have lined up to fill the congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Mel Watt, who stepped down to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency. State legislator Alma Adams is expected to win the May 6 primary, but that hasn't stopped several other Democrats and two Republicans from giving it a good Tar Heel try. —Joyce Jones (@BETpolitichick)(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Ravi Patel - Ravi Patel is a Vietnam war veteran who served as mayor of East Spencer, North Carolina, from 1997 to 1999. He is the only candidate who is running just for the special election to complete Watt's term, set to end in January 2015. (Photo: Rajive Patel for 12th District Congress)
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Alma Adams - The conventional wisdom is that art professor and state Rep. Alma Adams will win the May primary. According to Emily's List, which has endorsed her candidacy, Adams has a "strong record of leadership on choice, equality, education and the environment" and is "ready to take her brand of no-nonsense leadership to Congress — and bring a woman’s perspective to the Tar Heel state’s currently all-male Democratic House delegation." (Photo: North Carolina General Assembly)
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Marcus Brandon - If elected, state Rep. Marcus Brandon would become the first openly gay Black member of Congress. In an interview with the Winston-Salem Journal, he said he would work with Republican lawmakers in Washington in the same way he has in Raleigh. (Photo: North Carolina General Assembly)
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Malcolm Graham - Sen. Malcolm Graham has served in the North Carolina Senate for 10 years and also is a special assistant to the president at Johnson C. Smith University. He says his "wide variety of experience" makes him "uniquely qualified" to serve in Congress. (Photo: North Carolina General Assembly)
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