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Professor of Political Science: New Map Lines Would Favor Republicans in Future Elections

July 13, 2011

Category: Faculty, Politics

Dr. Michael Bitzer

by Michael Tomsic,

Republicans today released a map of how they plan to redraw voting districts for the North Carolina senate. The House maps are supposed to come out today too, but aren't available online yet. GOP lawmakers are in charge of redistricting this time, and have carved out some major changes to districts in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.

Catawba College professor Michael Bitzer has studied redistricting for two decades, and said the Republicans just did what each party does when it gets to draw the lines.

"And that is basically work the map to favor them in probably the next few election cycles," Bitzer said.


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