RALEIGH-- Tuesday, Republicans released a revised version of their proposed congressional districts for North Carolina. Under the new proposal, two Democratic incumbents are moved out of their districts, which could pit them against Democratic colleagues.
Under the originally proposed map, none of the congressional incumbents were removed from their districts, which meant they remained the sole incumbent in their district for the upcoming election.
However, under the new proposal, two Democratic incumbents are moved into districts already held by other Democratic incumbents.
Representative Brad Miller would be moved out of the 13th District and into the 4th District, currently held by longtime Congressman David Price.
In addition, Rep. Mike McIntyre has been drawn out of his 7th District and moved into Congressman Larry Kissell's 8th District.
It is important to note, however, congressional representatives do not have to live in their districts, so they could choose to still run for re-election in their old district instead of challenging a Democratic colleague.
"You could see Republicans pick up three or four congressional seats which would be important nationally when the control for the us house will probably be highly competed for," said Jonathan Kappler, the Research Director of the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation.
Also in the revised map, the 1st District no longer includes portions of Wake County. It now reaches into Durham County to get the required number of black voters. Wake County would go back to having just three Congressional Representatives instead of four.
GOP leaders say they made the changes after listening to public feedback about their original proposal.
They made some changes to the 1st District, which covered Northeastern North Carolina.
They say by doing that, they had to make changes to every district, to keep the populations balanced and comply with the federal voting rights act. This is still just a proposal.
The General Assembly has to vote on it and then it must be approved by the Department of Justice.