Redistricting Ruling Rocks Midterms

The ruling by a three-judge panel that North Carolina’s congressional districts must be redrawn could rock the 2018 midterms – and ultimately leave unclear which party controls the House until next year.

The federal judges found that election advocacy groups and Democrats who brought an initial lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s congressional map had standing to do so – and ruled that the maps were unconstitutionally drawn to favor Republicans.

The question is what comes next.

The Supreme Court could be asked to review the decision. But the court is short one member after Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, and until his replacement is confirmed there is the chance a tie vote would leave the panel’s decision in place.