Mississippi is up next in our redistricting series. Throughout 2021, we'll delve into the states in detail, spotlighting a different state's redistricting outlook each week. Keep up with the redistricting series here.

Current Delegation: 3R, 1D 2022 Seats: 4 (No change) Redistricting Control: Republican

Current Congressional Map

Map credit: Cook Political Report, drawn with Dave's Redistricting App

District-Level Population Analysis Redistricting Outlook

Mississippi's four congressional districts have been pretty well settled since the state lost its fifth seat in 2001: three GOP-dominated white majority districts and one solidly Democratic, Black majority 2nd CD in Jackson and the Delta region. But every decade, the 2nd CD has needed to expand to make up for the Delta's population loss, and this time Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS-02)'s seat needs to gain over 50,000 people.

Ten years ago, a federal court redrew the map when the GOP legislature missed its deadline — in part because it didn't want to be subject to a preclearance process led by the Obama Justice Department. But in 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act's preclearance

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