Politics / redistricting
Revised N.C. Map Even Worse For Democrats
Miller's spokeswoman LouAnn Canipe said Miller lives just narrowly outside his old district, and that there was no possibility of him taking on Price in a primary. "It looks pretty intentionally drawn to exclude him," said Canipe. "His intention is to run again. I just don't think he can make a decision until the maps are final. As they're currently drawn, he does not think they will meet a legal challenge and are still in violation of the Voting Rights Act." The 1st District that prompted the re-working now includes more of Durham County but removes Wake County while re-establishing eastern counties he previously had, which could have caused questions from the Department of Justice. The 2nd District, now represented by GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers, gets slightly better for the freshman Republican though as it shifts more westward, giving much of its territory to the 7th District while taking in all of Moore and parts of Randolph County. Most of the western part of the state remains relatively unchanged from the first map, although Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., gets even more of the liberal Buncombe County from Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler, while Shuler tacks on Polk County to become even more Republican. As was the case in the first map, Shuler's 11th District is still the most Republican of any district, with a 13 point GOP advantage in a district that voted nearly 59 percent for McCain. One thing the maps keeps intact - a 10-3 split in favor of Republicans based on 2008 voting patterns. No GOP district voted less than 55 percent for McCain, while the 1st, 4th and 12th Districts remain overwhelmingly Democratic. The Republican state legislature is scheduled to vote on the maps next week, but Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue does not have veto authority over them.