New districts create all kinds of curves

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Let’s start with the easy stuff. The new redistricting plan passed last week in a special session of the N.C. General Assembly has a significant impact on the Twin Counties.

On the new congressional map, Nash County is in the 2nd District, currently represented by U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Republican. Edgecombe County is in the 1st District, represented at the moment by U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat.

So much for that. Now, it begins to get a little crazy.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly voted to create a June 7 primary for congressional races in wake of a federal court ruling that threw out the old districts. That means the congressional contests you’ll see on your primary ballot on March 15 will be meaningless. It does not hurt to mark a congressional choice, but it won’t be counted.

As you wait for the new primary in June, things are going to get lively.

U.S. Rep. George Holding, a Republican in the 13th District, is not too crazy about the new map. His district changed considerably as a result of last week’s special session. So much so that he plans to challenge fellow Republican incumbent Ellmers in the 2nd District.

Holding can do that. There is no law requiring a U.S. House member to live in the district he or she represents. But it is not making Ellmers very happy.

Incumbent members of Congress occasionally face primary opponents. But an incumbent Republican facing a challenge from another incumbent Republican?

That is highly unusual, to say the least.

Combined with the wide open presidential race, North Carolina is gearing up for one of the more interesting election years in history. And of course, the new congressional district map is subject to review by the same federal court that threw out the previous map. Who knows how the federal judges will regard the new plan?

Pull up a chair. It’s going to be a wild spring and summer.

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Smdh

Yall democratic dumbasses didnt have a problem when they did their redistricting. Bunch of low lifes.

Too ignant!

If the Republicans had a problem then they ought to had challenged it like the Dems did. Again how ignant!

Smdh

Yall democratic dumbasses didnt have a problem when they did their redistricting. Bunch of low lifes.

Smdh

Yall democratic dumbasses didnt have a problem when they did their redistricting. Bunch of low lifes.

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