Last Tuesday, a second primary election was held for North Carolina’s 13 Congressional districts. These races were under new maps drawn earlier this year when the current districts were struck down by a federal 3-judge panel for being illegally gerrymandered on racial grounds. The new maps were challenged as being politically gerrymander, however the panel rejected the challenge less than a week before the primary, though they made their opinion of the deliberate use of partisan factors in the creation of districts known. “The Court’s denial of the plaintiffs’ objections does not constitute or imply an endorsement of, or foreclose any additional challenges to, the Contingent Congressional Plan,” however “the Court’s hands appear to be tied” by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a similar case. Read the full report here.