Morning Digest: Ongoing lawsuit over new North Carolina House map leaves Congress members in limbo
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● NC Redistricting: North Carolina Republican legislators passed a new congressional map on Friday, but plaintiffs in an ongoing lawsuit over the lines are challenging it in state court. That's created an awkward situation in the Tar Heel State where the state's U.S. House members, as well as potential congressional candidates, are looking at running for what Daily Kos Elections calls Schrödinger's seats: No one knows if they will exist in November, or if there will be completely different districts in their place.
Still, for now at least, candidates are making noises about running under the legislature's new congressional map, which you can see here. Below is a rundown of developments for several seats. Note that we use the congressional district numbers for the new (and possibly) temporary map.
● NC-02: The new 2nd District in the Raleigh area backed Hillary Clinton 60-36, and GOP Rep. George Holding doesn't sound like he's looking to try to fight for another seat. Holding said last week, «I never came here to make a career out of being in Congress. There are plenty of other things to do.»
● NC-06: Democrat Kathy Manning, who lost an expensive 2018 contest against GOP Rep. Ted Budd 54-46, said Friday she was considering seeking the new 6th District in the Greensboro area. This seat backed Clinton 59-38.
● NC-10, NC-13: The new map makes the aforementioned 6th District an extremely tough seat for the GOP, so it's exceedingly unlikely that Republican Rep. Mark Walker would run there. However, he's not ruling out taking on two GOP colleagues, Reps. Patrick McHenry in the 10th District or Ted Budd in the 13th District, in order to stay in Congress. The new 10th District in the Winston-Salem area backed Donald Trump 68-30, while the new 13th District south of Greensboro supported him by a similar 67-31.