- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 13, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina legislators have returned to Raleigh with a goal of approving a new congressional district map by the end of the week.

The annual session gaveled back in Wednesday after a two-week break.

Judges last month blocked the 2016 congressional map from being used in next year’s elections, saying the districts likely are unlawful partisan gerrymanders. Republicans won 10 of the 13 congressional seats as configured on the current map.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers spent the past week drawing over a dozen potential replacement maps in a committee. They took public comments from about 20 citizens Wednesday morning. Few speakers provided specific map options, but rather complained about the remapping process or how other GOP maps have been struck down by courts this decade.

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