North Carolina's recently redrawn Congressional districts will stand. A three-judge panel that has been overseeing court-ordered redistricting unanimously decided Monday that the new map will be used during 2020 elections.
“The net result is the grievous and flawed 2016 map has been replaced,” Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway read from the panel's ruling.
The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by Common Cause, which claimed the previous map was gerrymandered in favor of Republicans. The same three-judge panel previously ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and ordered new maps to be drawn.
North Carolina Republicans currently hold 10 of the state's 13 Congressional seats, with Democrats holding the other three. The new maps are expected to shrink the Republican advantage to 8-5.
Democrats wanted further changes.
"After nearly a decade of voting in some of the most gerrymandered districts in the country, courts have put new maps in place that are an improvement over the status quo, but the people still deserve better,” former attorney general Eric Holder, chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, said in a statement.
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore defended the new map on Twitter.
"A three-judge panel unanimously upheld North Carolina’s new Congressional districts on Monday, opening candidate filing for U.S. House seats in the 2020 elections after another historically transparent redistricting process by the state General Assembly," Moore wrote.