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Rep. Watt’s resignation expected this week

U.S. Rep. Mel Watt said Monday morning that he expects to know “in the next couple days” when he’ll formally resign his House seat to take the helm at the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Watt’s resignation will trigger the scheduling of a special election to succeed him. Gov. Pat McCrory will start the process once Watt’s resignation is official.

Watt told the Observer his resignation is contingent on the timing of his swearing-in at the housing agency. That has not been scheduled.

At least six Democrats are actively running for Watt’s seat in the 12th District, which stretches from Charlotte to Greensboro.

A special election could be scheduled for as early as February.

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