Redistricting creates interesting congressional primaries

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Changes wrought by this year’s redistricting will make for unusually crowded fields in several North Carolina congressional districts during rescheduled primary elections – including one where two incumbents will face off.

North Carolina lawmakers were forced last month to hastily redraw the map of congressional districts after a federal court ruled that two were unlawfully race-based. Legislators also delayed primaries for U.S. House candidates until June 7, separating them from other contests held this month.

Political scientists are interested in what happens with a 17-candidate Republican field in the newly drawn, right-leaning 13th District. The same goes for the 12th District, expected to favor Democrats.

But they say the most interesting primary race of all may be in the redrawn 2nd District, where two incumbents are facing each other.


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