RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina House and Senate are moving forward on new voting maps that could change the state’s political landscape for years to come.
On Monday night, the House gathered to weigh in on the re-drawn district maps for the state House, Senate, and also the U.S. House, WTVD reports.
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House Democratic leader Robert Reives argued the new congressional maps would position the Republican party to pick up at least three seats in the U.S. House next year.
Republican Rep. Destin Hall said the maps were worked out based on traditional principles. He said races will still be competitive.
“We believe that all of our litigation -- all prior precedent -- has said that partisan gerrymandering should not be allowed,” Hall said.
“The fact is that both parties are competitive under these maps, we’re going to have campaign very hard as Democrats will as well in the fall,” he added.
The change is only possible because Republicans flipped the state Supreme Court last year. Then, the new GOP majority tossed out a ruling made last year against partisan gerrymandering by the then-Democratic-leaning court.
The House said it expects to have everything wrapped up on the new maps by Wednesday.
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