North Carolina Legislature Approves New Map of the US House of Representatives.

The North Carolina General Assembly on Thursday granted a final seal of approval to the new district lines of the United States House of Representatives that will likely give Republicans two additional seats in Congress in the midterm elections of the next year, despite objections from Democrats and anti-gerrymandering activists.

Voting, by party line, will implement the new maps. A North Carolina state law, passed in 1996, prevents Gov. Roy Cooper (D) from vetoing the law that sets the new limits.

North Carolina’s population grew by more than 900,000 residents in the past decade, enough for the state to have an additional seat in Congress, increasing its delegation to 14 members over the next decade.

the new maps will create 10 seats in which Republicans have a clear advantage, three seats likely held by Democrats, and a single competitive district likely leaning slightly toward Democrats. Republicans hold eight of the 13 seats under current district lines.

The most significant change under the new boundaries comes at the expense of Rep. Kathy Manning (D), whose Democratic-leaning district centered around Greensboro is divided between three districts that favor Republicans.

“These Congressional maps depict an extreme partisan gerrymander dividing communities of interest, ignoring redistricting criteria established by the [legislative redistricting] committee, and displays a callous disinterest in the representation that North Carolinians requested during public comment periods leading up to the vote, ”Manning said in a statement. “These maps were created for one purpose: to ensure that Republicans win more House seats so they can regain control of the US House of Representatives.”

The new maps create Democratic strongholds around Charlotte, a seat currently held by the Representative. Alma AdamsAlma Shealey Adams Black Caucus Emerges Winner in Spending Package Congress Can Help Save Pregnant Women and Mothers of Color Democrats Struggle to Satisfy Disparate Members in Spending Package MORE (D), and the Investigation Triangle around Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, two districts currently controlled by Representatives Deborah Ross (D) and David PriceDavid Eugene Price The Sudden Danger To Democracy Was An Inside Job Another Voice Of Reason Withdrawn The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By Uber – Biden, Democrats Delve Into Legislative Details MORE (D), who is retiring at the end of their current term.

The maps also feature a second headline, Rep. GK ButterfieldGeorge (GK) Kenneth ButterfieldHouse GOP campaign arm expands hit list after brutal night for Democrats Progressives applaud, moderates complain as Biden’s visit culminates chaotic week Biden visits Capitol with agenda on the scale MORE (D), in a potentially competitive position. Data collected by the Princeton Gerrymandering Project show that the Butterfield district gives Democrats a 51.8 percent share of the vote, not sure if a Republican wave develops in the midterm elections.

The current Butterfield district is almost evenly divided between black and white voters. Only 39 percent of the residents in his new district are black, according to Princeton figures.

Republican headlines are largely protected, though the new maps place Rep. Dan Bishop (R) in the Charlotte-based Adams district. Bishop is likely to run for re-election in neighboring District 8, which stretches east of Charlotte into the conservative counties of Moore, Hoke and Scotland.

As part of their deliberations, lawmakers renumbered North Carolina’s districts from east to west; the newly drawn seat, District 13, includes the western portion of Charlotte’s Mecklenburg County and runs west to the Appalachian Hills; Republican observers noted that the district, which does not have an incumbent, includes the home of the speaker of the state House of Representatives, Tim Moore (R). Moore is said to be interested in running for Congress.

Democrats are sure to file a lawsuit challenging the validity of the new district lines in state court, guaranteeing another decade of controversial litigation over the boundaries.

“Most likely, once these maps are formally adopted, lawsuits will be filed within hours,” said Michael Bitzer, a political scientist at Catawba College. “It looks like the Republicans are going to push the partisan envelope.”

Marc Elias, the Democratic election law expert behind a series of lawsuits challenging the district lines drawn by Republicans, said in an email that he would be filing a lawsuit against the North Carolina lines.

“North Carolinians made it clear early in the redistricting process that they wanted to end partisan gerrymandering,” said the former Attorney General. Eric HolderEric Himpton Holder All eyes on Garland after Bannon’s contempt vote Arkansas legislature divides Little Rock in measure that guarantees Republican seats Oregon legislature is on edge as Democrats push for controlled maps MORE, who now heads the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, said in a statement. “Instead of listening to the people, Republican lawmakers did the opposite today by passing maps that are heavily manipulated in favor of their party and that will deny real political power to the most populated and diverse areas of the state.”

Some Republican observers said they were uncomfortable with some of the district lines due to recent demographic trends in North Carolina. New residents moving to the western corner of the state, a district currently in the hands of Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R), are pushing that area to the left. According to Princeton figures, the Cawthorn district would give Democrats a 46.3 percent share of the vote, practically ensuring that Democrats keep trying to overthrow it.

Another district south of the Research Triangle is also likely to attract Democratic interest in the coming years. The fourth district, based in Harnett, Johnston, Cumberland and Sampson counties, would have a Democratic vote share of 47.2 percent, Princeton analysts said. No incumbent lives in that newly designated district, an area currently represented by Rep. David rouzerDavid Cheston Rouzer We cannot allow sand mining to threaten natural infrastructure to buffer storms READ: Republicans who voted to challenge election results Trump visits rocking state of North Carolina on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II PLUS (R), whose district would shrink to account for population growth in coastal areas.

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