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View Diary: NC-11: Democrat Heath Shuler reportedly will not seek reelection (195 comments)

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  •  This is a reverse of the Dem Gerrymander of 2002 (1+ / 0-)
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    The effect is humongous because the current district lines were actually gerrymandered to favor Democrats. The GOP state legislature (too bad the governor cannot veto). Shuler would have had a chance being as how he is one of the most conservative blue dogs but I guess he decided it would be too difficult to try. Being the new most Republican seat in the state, its basically gone. At least Democrats are still competive statewide. Obama hasn't fallen through in NC (in fact considering his less than 1 percent win in 2008, I'm suprised this state hasn't fallen off the radar like Indiana) but it will be tough slogging for Dems in NC regardless.

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