RALEIGH, N.C. — Veteran U.S. Rep. Mel Watt has defeated challenger Matt Newton for the chance to retain his central North Carolina House seat.
Unofficial results on Tuesday show Watt will represent Democrats in the race for the state’s 12th Congressional District. He entered Congress in 1993.
Watt is an attorney who previously held a position in the state Senate. He serves on the Financial Services and Judiciary committees.
Newton is an attorney in Charlotte.
Watt will face Republican Jack Brosch, a GOP precinct organization chair, and Libertarian Lon Cecil, a veteran, in November.
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