GREENSBORO — Democrat Alma Adams defeated Republican Vince Coakley in the race for the North Carolina District 12 seat in the U.S. House. The seat had been held by Mel Watt since the district was created in 1993.

Adams has had a long political career, serving in the state House for 20 years.

Coakley, most known for being a news anchor in Charlotte, knew he faced an uphill climb as the district is more than 60 percent Democrat.