The special election to replace former Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) will coincide with the state's May primary and November general election. 

Watt was officially sworn in to lead the Federal Housing Financial Agency on Monday, and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) announced soon after that rather than holding a costly separate election, the primary will occur during the statewide May 6 primary, with a July 15 runoff if necessary.

The election will take place on Nov. 4, though the winner of the Democratic primary will be the heavy favorite in the African American-majority district.

District residents will vote twice — once for the remainder of Watt's term, and a second time for the next term of Congress.

Seven Democrats are currently vying for Watt's seat.