Split Supreme Court sides with GOP in South Carolina redistricting case

The U.S. Supreme Court on May 23 handed a victory to South Carolina Republicans, ruling against a challenge to an electoral map they devised that moved 30,000 Black residents out of a coastal Carolina congressional district.

Alexander v. South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP was being closely watched ahead of the Nov. 5 U.S. election in which the presidency and control of both chambers of Congress will be decided. Democrats lost their majority in the 435-seat House in the 2022 election and are hoping to overcome the slim Republican majority this year, with every competitive district crucial to the outcome.

The justices reversed a lower court’s ruling that the Republican-drawn map violated the rights of Black voters under the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which guarantees equal protection under the law.

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