North Carolina Republicans approved new district maps on Wednesday that have the ability to flip House seats in their favor, drawing immediate outrage from state Democrats.
The maps were passed by the GOP-led state General Assembly, altering the lines for North Carolina’s 14 U.S. House seat and giving Republicans a leg up in defending their House majority in 2024.
“North Carolina Republicans have just enacted one of the most gerrymandered maps in the country,” the National Democratic Redistricting Committee stated in a post to X, formerly known as Twitter. “NC is a 50/50 state – but you wouldn’t know that from looking at the new maps – which cement an illegitimate advantage for the GOP. It’s shameful & undemocratic.”
NC Election Map Ruling
In the past, the North Carolina Supreme Court has struck down GOP-drawn maps due to the fact that they went against the state constitution’s barring of extensive partisan gerrymandering. However, in April, the state Supreme Court overruled that decision, claiming that partisan gerrymandering is a political questions and cannot be settled by the court.
North Carolina’s congressional delegation is currently split evenly between Democrats and Republicans in the House, but these new maps could assist Republicans in obtaining the majority of the 14 seats.
Rep. Jeff Jackson (D-N.C.) reacted to the maps on X calling it a “brutal gerrymander,” stating: “just being honest: I’m probably toast in Congress.”
True to what Jackson predicted he posted on X on Thursday stating, “I’ve officially been drawn out of my congressional district by a small group of politicians.”
Jackson continued to call it blatant corruption and announced that he will be running for Attorney General. He stated he will use the position to fight political corruption.
Former Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) also made an announcement on Wednesday that he will be ending his bid for governor to instead try and represent North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District following the new maps being approved.
According to North Carolina law, the new maps are not subject to a veto from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, but it is likely that there will be lawsuits filed against the maps in the weeks ahead.
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