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GOP unveils draft map of NC congressional districts

Posted July 1, 2011

— Legislative leaders released their North Carolina congressional district boundaries on Friday, reflecting Republican control of the General Assembly.

Boundaries are being adjusted for the additional 1.5 million people now in the state compared to 2000.

Major changes in the Triangle include District 4, which is represented by Democratic Congressman David Price, Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers' District 2, Congressman Brad Miller's District 13 and Congressman G.K. Butterfield's District 1.

District 4 now includes all of Orange and Durham counties and much of western and southern Wake County and eastern Chatham County. Under the proposed revisions, it would lose the northern half of Orange and Durham counties to District 13 and its southern Wake County territory to District 2.

The new map would have District 4 snaking through eastern Chatham and central Harnett counties into Fayetteville.

District 2, meanwhile, now encompasses portions of 10 counties, from Sampson in the south to Vance in the north and west to Chatham. The proposed map would consolidate that territory into all of Sampson and Johnston counties and parts of Wake, Harnett, Cumberland and Wayne counties.

Harnett County would be split among three districts under the new map – Republican Rep. Howard Coble's District 6 would take in the western third. The county is currently all within District 2.

District 1, which sprawls across northeastern North Carolina, would take in eastern Franklin County and dip into eastern Wake County.

New Congressional Map, 1st draft Proposed congressional map splits area counties

District 13 would lose part of its Wake County territory under the proposal and spread west through the Virginia border counties, adding Stokes and Surry counties. The move could hurt Miller's re-election chances since those counties are more Republican.

GOP lawmakers get to draw districts that should help their candidates and hurt Democratic incumbents. Democrats currently have a 7-6 advantage in the state's delegation.

Democratic Congressman Heath Shuler would lose Asheville and pick up solidly Republican mountain counties under the proposed map, while fellow Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre would pick up Republican neighborhoods around Camp Lejeune and lose Democratic areas near Fayetteville.

Unlike the last two rounds of redistricting, North Carolina didn't grow fast enough to gain a 14th House seat.

The House and Senate redistricting committee will hold a public hearing next week to get reaction. The Republican-led Legislature wants to approve congressional and legislative districts by the end of July.

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  • atlas_shrugged Jul 11, 2011

    sorry ... not exactly. 2012 is when the extreme progressive socialist obama will be summarily thrown out of office.

  • sorry Jul 5, 2011

    2012 is when the GOP will go bye bye for 100 yrs we will vote the bums out

  • Alex25 Jul 1, 2011

    In 3... 2... 1... Democrats will claim that redistricting will "hurt the poor", "destroy education", "is racist", "will disenfranchise minorities", and leave "seniors starving in the streets"? Did I forget one? Perhaps some claim about "the children"? Ripcor

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  • Alex25 Jul 1, 2011

    Independent Commission....THIS....was always put down by the 100 yr One Party Dem Rule....and herein is the issue today.

    Now, the GOP is exacting their own measures - who can blame them....????

  • unc70 Jul 1, 2011

    Last time the Repubs took the Dem plan to court to "protect" the rights of black voters. Repubs congtrolled the courts.

    Redistricting has always been nasty business, down and dirty almost everywhere. Remember the origin of the term "Gerrymander".

    I haven't had time yet to study the proposed map, but would be highly surprised if it or any initial plan could pass reviews by State and Federal courts and by the DOJ.

    The laws and regulatory guidelines generally restrain the most outrageous partisan abuses, but not always.

    BTW Perdue has gone up in the polls after veto of budget, Repubs down. Her approval rating isn't great, but is much higher than that of Repubs in the State House and Senate.

  • tommys5 Jul 1, 2011

    In 3... 2... 1... Democrats will claim that redistricting will "hurt the poor", "destroy education", "is racist", "will disenfranchise minorities", and leave "seniors starving in the streets"? Did I forget one? Perhaps some claim about "the children"?
    Ripcor

    You forgot it will cause climate change.

  • 5Rs Jul 1, 2011

    "Anyone who spent years complaining about the problem and then does not bother to fix it when they have the opportunity is a snake" - WolfPackAlum

    As opposed to those who saw the injustice during the last few gerrymanderings and didn't complain or try to fix it?

  • 5Rs Jul 1, 2011

    "What they are doing here will result in a monoculture of Republicans." - godnessgracious2

    Probably won't even get rid of Brad Miller, who in his 10 years has done nothing but vote the Liberal line and campaign on motherhood and apple pie.

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