The North Carolina legislature has released the redistricting maps for congressional, state Senate and state House districts.
The state Senate released two different maps for the congressional districts, with no indication of which map the Republican majority in the state Senate favors.
In both of the proposed redistricting maps for the 14 congressional districts, most of Greensboro is cut out of the 6th District and placed in the 5th District.
In the map labeled 2023/CCJ-1, the portion of Guilford County cut out of the 6th District includes most of Greensboro and a swath going up to the northwest corner of the county. In that map, the 5th Congressional District includes Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, Caldwell, Alexander and Wilkes counties. It will be considered a safe Republican district.
Most of High Point and the southwest portion of Guilford County will be in the 6th District along with portions of Forsyth and Cabarrus counties and all of Davie, Davidson, and Rowan counties.
In the map 2023/CCJ-1, the 9th District is made up of the eastern portion of Guilford County, all of Randolph, Alamance, Moore and Hoke counties and portions of Chatham and Cumberland counties. It too will be considered a safe Republican district.
In the map labeled 2023/CBP-5, most of Greensboro is again placed in the 5th district, but the swath of Guilford County in the 5th district goes west to connect with Forsyth County. In that proposed map, the 5th District, along with portions of Guilford and Forsyth, includes Yadkin, Surry, Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga Caldwell, Alexander and Wilkes counties. It too will be considered a safe Republican district.
The 6th District in map 2023/CBP-5 is made up of Guilford County minus Greensboro and the western portion of the county, plus Davidson, Rowan counties and a portion of Cabarrus County.
Early analysis of the maps report that they nearly guarantee that Republicans would win 10 and possibly 11 of the 14 North Carolina congressional seats. The 2022 maps that were drawn by a special master hired by the North Carolina Supreme Court, which had a Democratic majority divided the state with seven Republican and seven Democratic districts.
The current North Carolina Supreme Court with a Republican majority ruled that partisan redistricting did not violate the North Carolina Constitution.
If you want to know how highly the North Carolina State Senate thinks of Greensboro and Guilford County, all you have to do is look at the congressional redistricting maps the state Senate released.
Along with the map of the state are detailed maps of the state’s two largest counties, Wake and Mecklenburg, and then the state’s fourth largest county, Forsyth. So Guilford, the third largest county, and Greensboro, the state’s third largest city, don’t rate a detailed map but the fourth largest county, Forsyth, and Winston-Salem, the state’s fifth largest city, do.