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Supreme Court Rejects North Carolina Congressional Districts

  • Race played too big a role in Republican-drawn map, court says
  • Thomas joins liberal justices in majority of divided ruling
People line up to vote on Nov. 8, 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

People line up to vote on Nov. 8, 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina Republicans relied too heavily on race when they drew two bizarrely shaped congressional voting districts that were used until the 2014 election.

The ruling upholds a lower court decision that rejected the two majority-black districts and ordered a new map for the 2016 election. Even with the new lines, Republicans maintained their hold on 10 of the state’s 13 districts.