Democrats in the 12th District primary have picked state Rep. Alma Adams in two races, one to complete Mel Watt's term through the end of this year and a second for a new, two-year term starting next year.
Ellmers will face the candidate chosen in the Democratic Party primary contest. Democrats were choosing from among entertainer Clay Aiken, textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco and licensed family counselor Toni Morris.
A Democratic bill to raise the federal minimum wage failed in a key procedural vote in the Senate on Wednesday. The defeat was expected, but that did not deter President Obama and Senate Democrats who have pledged to make it an issue in the 2014 elections.
The North Carolina official who manages public pension funds says she'll vote against a Duke Energy board member in hopes that a replacement will deal with a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a river with toxic sludge.