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Swing district Democrat complains she won’t run for re-election because race is ‘rigged’ against her

The Democrat representing the Swing House district announced Thursday that he will not run for re-election in 2024, saying the race has been “rigged” against him.

in statement announcing her decisionRep. Kathy Manning, who represents North Carolina's 6th Congressional District, said the Republican-led state Legislature has “visibly gerrymandered Congressional districts” to reduce the number of Democrats representing those districts. ” was criticized for passing.

“I want to continue to represent our community in Congress. Unfortunately, this race is not very competitive because the map is heavily gerrymandered. “I can't in good conscience ask people to invest effort into us,” Manning said.

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He added that he would reconsider his decision not to run if pending litigation forces the state Legislature to redraw districts.

Manning called the district lines “disgraceful” and claimed Republicans know they can't “win with fair districts.” She specifically mentioned how Greensboro, North Carolina, a Democratic stronghold, was divided into three different districts in the new map, including more rural areas.

“As someone who has lived in Greensboro for 40 years, I am tired of Republican leaders' callous disregard for the residents of my district. Politicians should not choose voters, voters should choose their representatives. You should,” she said.

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Representative Kathy Manning, D-North Carolina, attends a House Education and Labor Committee hearing on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, in Washington, DC, USA. (Jiang Haiyun/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“It is truly an honor to represent our community in Congress, and I am deeply grateful to all the constituents who trusted me, shared their concerns and victories, and welcomed me into their homes, workplaces, and places of worship.” she added.

A lawsuit was filed in federal court on Monday seeking to overturn the new map approved in October, saying it weakens the voting power of minorities and violates the U.S. Constitution.

The lawsuit specifically challenges four districts in which the plaintiffs claim the state Legislature minimized the voting power of minorities, thereby strengthening “the state's white majority,” and required the creation of new maps. I'm looking for.

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Aerial view of downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, March 14, 2013. (Lance King/Getty Images)

If this map holds, Republicans will be in a good position to win 10 of North Carolina's 14 congressional districts. The electoral districts are currently divided into seven districts for each party.

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If three more seats flip, the House Republicans' slim 221-213 majority would expand. There is one vacant seat after former Rep. George Santos (RN.Y.) was ousted last week.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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