Judges’ decision on North Carolina voting map could affect control of U.S. Congress

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By Joseph Ax (Reuters) – A legal battle over whether North Carolina’s new congressional map illegally favors Republicans over Democrats is headed to a panel of judges, one of several lawsuits that could influence who controls Congress after this year’s midterm elections. Lawyers for Democratic voters and advocacy groups told a trio of state Superior Court judges in Raleigh on Thursday that the map, which the Republican-controlled legislature approved in November, effectively deprives Democratic voters of representation by ensuring Republicans will win a majority of seats under almost any circu…

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