Associated Press: North Carolina legislative map favors GOP, but how much?


A court-ordered redesign of North Carolina General Assembly districts would give Republicans a big and ingrained advantage to keep their veto-proof legislative majorities, a nonprofit legal watchdog group said Tuesday.

Based on past voting history, both the House and Senate maps released this weekend provide "a severe bias in favor of Republican voters" based on a social science measure of partisan tendencies that courts are beginning to accept in redistricting challenges, an attorney with the Washington, D.C.-based Campaign Legal Center said.

"If they go ahead with this plan, it will have a negative effect on Democratic voters and it will advantage Republican voters," said Ruth Greenwood, who is one of the center's attorneys already suing to overturn the GOP-led Legislature's design of congressional districts.

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