State Senate maps have no evidence of racial gerrymandering, judge rules in win for GOP

RALEIGH, N.C. (WRAL) – There’s no immediate evidence that Republican state lawmakers used racial gerrymandering to target Black voters when they redrew the new state Senate maps for the 2024 elections and beyond, a federal judge ruled Friday.

WRAL-TV says the judge declined to halt the elections for two Republican-leaning districts in the heavily Black northeastern part of the state. And while the case isn’t over yet, the ruling means this year’s elections will likely go on as planned — without new maps that could be more favorable to Black voters and Democrats.