State and Local

The NC GOP’s Hidden Redistricting Advantage

It has been said that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. While losing an election is unlikely to have mortal consequences, it can cause a political candidate to seriously reevaluate their motivations, to stoke the fire in their belly, and to redouble their efforts, should they choose to run again. After all, former legislators can make for formidable candidates – they tend to have high name recognition and most possess a proven ability to raise the funds necessary to be politically competitive. A further analysis of the state legislative district maps approved by the Republican-led General Assembly in July suggests that GOP map-drawers were well aware of this and sought to avoid potential rematches with former Democratic lawmakers, either by drawing those former members out of their districts or by changing the demographic underpinnings of the districts to such a degree that a comeback bid is politically implausible. Read more at



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