North Carolina's Alma Adams Wins in Reconfigured District

Adams had been drawn out of the old 12th District

North Carolina Rep. Alma Adams won in a redrawn district. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

North Carolina Democratic Rep. Alma Adams won in a primary in the redrawn 12th District Tuesday night.  

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Adams led with 42 percent of the vote.  

North Carolina's 12 District has long been one of the most gerrymandered districts in the country. It was the source of a lawsuit that charged that North Carolina's black voters were packed into too few districts, thereby diluting their influence in the rest of the state.   

The new congressional map, approved by the GOP-controlled General Assembly in February, makes the 12th District much more compact. It is now contained to Mecklenburg County.    

Adams' residency became a source of contention in this race. She has long lived in Greensboro, which is now outside the new district, but has since moved to Charlotte and changed her voter registration. A recent WBTV  report called into question her residency.    

As it did in 2014, EMILY's List backed Adams in the primary. She should have an easy general election race in what should be a Safe Democratic seat.   

Contact Pathe at simonepathe@cqrollcall.com and follow her on Twitter @sfpathe .  

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