- Federal judges ordered congressional districts in North Carolina to be redrawn
- A three-judge panel ruled that the map unconstitutionally favored Republicans
"Why do we have a supermajority of Republicans in our state legislature and why do we have 10 members of Congress who are Republican and three who are Democratic?" said Cooper, a Democrat, on CNN's "New Day." "It's because of technologically diabolical gerrymandering, the redistricting that this Republican legislature has put into place."
On Tuesday, a three-judge panel rejected the previous map
drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, saying it violates the Equal Protection Clause, the First Amendment and Article I of the Constitution.
The judges gave the state about three weeks to file a new plan with the court so it will be in place before the 2018 midterms. The opinion is the first federal court ruling to strike down a congressional map as representing a partisan gerrymander.