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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.)

District: 12th District
Political Highlights: N.C. Senate, 1985-86; U.S. House of Representatives, 1993-2014
Born: Aug. 26, 1945; Charlotte, N.C.
Residence: Charlotte
Religion: Presbyterian
Family: Wife, Eulada Watt; two children
Education: U. of North Carolina, B.S. 1967; Yale U., J.D. 1970
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1992 (11th term)
Committee Assignments: Financial Services (Capital Markets & Government Sponsored Enterprises; Financial Institutions & Consumer Credit); Judiciary (Courts, Intellectual Property & the Internet - Ranking Member)

Election History
2012generalMelvin Watt (D) 247,59179.6
Jack Brosch (R) 63,31720.4
2010generalMelvin Watt (D) 103,49563.9
Greg Dority (R) 55,31534.1
Lon Cecil (LIBERT) 3,1972.0
2008generalMelvin Watt (D) 215,90871.6
Ty Cobb (R) 85,81428.4
2006generalMelvin Watt (D) 71,34567.0
Ada Fisher (R) 35,12733.0
2004generalMelvin Watt (D) 154,90866.8
Ada Fisher (R) 76,89833.2
2002generalMelvin Watt (D) 98,82165.3
Jeff Kish (R) 49,58832.8
Carey Head (LIBERT) 2,8301.9
2000generalMelvin Watt (D) 135,57064.8
Joshua Mitchell (R) 69,59633.3
Anna Lyon (LIBERT) 3,9781.9
1998generalMelvin Watt (D) 82,30556.0
Scott Keadle (R) 62,07042.2
Michael Smith (LIBERT) 2,7131.8
1996generalMelvin Watt (D) 124,67571.5
Joseph Martino (R) 46,58126.7
Roger Kohn (LIBERT) 1,8741.1
Walter Lewis (NL) 1,2690.7
1994generalMelvin Watt (D) 57,65565.8
Joseph Martino (R) 29,93334.2
Susan Skinner () 330.0
1992generalMelvin Watt (D) 127,26270.4
Barbara Washington (R) 49,40227.3
Curtis Krumel (LIBERT) 4,1602.3
Roll Call Vitals


North Carolina is 13th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Rep. Melvin Watt has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.