Supreme Court Rules in Favor of South Carolina Political Map

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The South Carolina legislature’s creation of a congressional district that was predominantly white has now been upheld by a 6-3 Supreme Court decision.

This decision overturned a lower court’s determination that the map was designed to diminish the political influence of Black voters by dividing Charleston County into distinct districts.

Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the conservative majority of the court, alleged that the lower court committed factual and legal errors in concluding that the state’s map discriminated against Black voters.

The decision is advantageous for the Republican incumbent, Rep. Nancy Mace, and advantageous for her party’s efforts to preserve its narrow House majority in the November election, as Caucasian voters in South Carolina have a strong preference for Republicans.

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