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N Carolina Congress map again challenged on partisanship

Posted 2:45 p.m. Thursday

— Another legal challenge has been filed to boundaries for North Carolina's congressional seats drawn by Republicans who control the state legislature.

The federal lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to overturn the current congressional map on arguments that politics played too great a role drawing the lines. The Southern Coalition for Social Justice and Campaign Legal Center say they've got a test to prove excessive partisan gerrymandering occurred.

In February, judges struck down the North Carolina congressional map used in 2012 and 2014, ruling two districts constituted unlawful racial gerrymandering. Lawmakers redrew the map with an eye to maintaining the GOP's 10-3 majority in the delegation.

Common Cause filed a similar partisan gerrymandering lawsuit last month. At least two other lawsuits have been filed since 2011 challenging North Carolina congressional districts.

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