The North Carolina Supreme Court's recent decision to throw out a previous ruling against gerrymandering paves the way for Republicans to eliminate up to four Democratic seats — nearly doubling the GOP's slim cushion in the House heading into 2024. But it's also emboldened talk among Democrats of retaliating in New York, the only place a state court struck down a Democratic legislature's brazen gerrymander, costing them multiple seats in 2022.
Just as in the Tar Heel State, a major shakeup on New York's top court since the midterms could lead to a new, hyper-partisan map for 2024. However, whereas there are few obstacles in the North Carolina GOP's way, the Empire State's process is much more byzantine.
Democrats, led by Gov. Kathy Hochul and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, have blasted the current congressional map as being drawn by an unaccountable, out-of-state academic and are pushing to crack open the lines. The stakes are high: if their gambit succeeds, Democrats could reap a bonanza of four, five or even six additional seats in New York, offsetting potential losses
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