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North Carolina to use gerrymandered congressional map in midterms

Gerrymandering activists outside the U.S. Supreme Court Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call
Gerrymandering activists outside the U.S. Supreme Court Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

A federal court in North Carolina concluded on Tuesday the November midterm elections will be held using the current gerrymandered congressional map that has been deemed to unfairly favor Republican candidates.

Why it matters: The court said there is "insufficient time" to approve a plan by the election. A redrawing of the map before the midterms would have had significant implications on the balance of power in the House. Republicans used the map, which has been condemned by federal judges for violating the constitution, to capture 10 of the state’s 13 congressional districts in 2016 despite winning just 53% of the statewide popular vote.

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