COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Senate has released its U.S. constituency proposals for next year’s election, which do not make significant changes to previous constituencies.
A preliminary analysis of the cards shows that the state would likely continue to elect six Republicans and one Democrat to the United States House with the new districts, which must be approved by the Senate and the House and survive any legal challenges.
Some changes had to be made as South Carolina has added over 500,000 people in the past 10 years, causing several districts to have too many people, especially the 1st District which stretches from Charleston to Hilton Head. Island.
United States Representative Nancy Mace was elected to that district in 2020 after a Democratic controlling term and the new map adds likely Republican voters to her district.
The most significant changes are happening around Charleston, where the 1st District has swapped some areas with the 6th District, which is represented by the only Democrat in the delegation, US Representative Jim Clyburn.
The percentage of black voters in the Clyburn district drops to just under 50% in the proposed maps, but would still likely guarantee an elected minority in the seat.
The 5th District, represented by U.S. Representative Ralph Norman, has seen its boundaries shrink due to massive growth around Rock Hill just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Instead of being divided, Newberry County will now be entirely within the 3rd District of US Representative Jeff Duncan.
Analysis shared by the League of Women Voters of South Carolina said the six districts where Republicans currently serve are likely to vote at least 55% for the Republican nominee according to the Senate proposal.
“This is a map that would render South Carolina voters obsolete in November,” said the group, whose goal is to draw districts that better reflect the partisan makeup of the state and give better results. chance of competitive races between Democrats and Republicans.
The Senate redistribution committee is planning a public meeting on the United States House map proposal on Monday.
The full Senate plans to return to special session on Dec. 8 to debate district plans for the United States House and State Senate.
The House has scheduled a special session on December 1 to consider its own redistribution.
The filing of the new districts takes place in March, with the primaries scheduled for June.