North Carolina Democrats looking for a court to overturn a Republican-drawn Congressional map took a hit today when a three-judge panel denied their motion to delay the primary, scheduled for May 8. “The court is not persuaded that a delay of the primaries … will have any meaningful, practical value or materially aid in protecting the rights asserted by the plaintiffs,” the chief judge of the panel said, according to WRAL.
Democrats hope that the suit, based on the premise that the new Congressional map is unconstitutional, might lead to the lines being redrawn. But that now seems increasingly unlikely.
“This three-judge panel basically said there wasn’t sufficient evidence to stop the elections and change the maps,” said state Sen. Bob Rucho (R), the chairman of Senate redistricting panel. “This was critical because it basically eliminated the cloud of uncertainty about the election process.”