A panel of three state judges upheld Monday the redrawn congressional map approved Nov. 14 by the Republican-controlled N.C. General Assembly.

Liberal advocacy group National Redistricting Foundation filing a lawsuit shortly after the map cleared the legislature. The governor cannot veto a congressional redistricting map.

The ruling, which denied the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgement, signals that the filing season for the 13 congressional districts can begin immediately with a noon Dec. 20 deadline. The primary is set for March 3.

Before the judges' ruling was disclosed, Kathy Manning launched Monday her campaign for the redrawn 6th District. Manning was the Democratic candidate for the 13th Congressional District in 2018, losing to Rep. Mark Walker.

Manning is running for in a newly drawn 6th District that contains all of Winston-Salem, half of Kernersville and all of Guilford County.

Winston-Salem City Councilwoman DD Adams said Monday "she has no comment at this time" on potential plans to run as a Democratic candidate for the 6th District. She ran in the 5th District in 2018, losing to U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx.

“For too long, the Triad area has been underrepresented in Congress due to unconstitutionally gerrymandered maps drawn by Republican insiders,” Manning said.

“Since the announcement of new congressional maps last month, I've been humbled and encouraged by the outpouring of support from the Triad community."

Sen. Ralph Hise, R-McDowell, and sponsor of Senate version of HB1029, has said the redistricting map in HB1029 has been attacked unfairly as being too favorable to Republicans.

Political analysts have said the likely outcome of redistricting is eight solid Republican and five solid Democrat districts, with the 2nd and 6th districts flipping blue.

"The Democratic Party’s scheme to use judges to effectuate a Democratic gerrymander has failed," Hise said Monday.

"Now that a unanimous, bipartisan court has denied the plaintiffs’ last-minute challenge to the 2019 Congressional map ... we can finally put this decade of relentless litigation behind us."

Wayne Goodwin, chairman of the N.C. Democratic Party, said in a statement that “North Carolina Republicans yet again run out the clock on fair maps, denying justice to North Carolina voters and forcing our state to go another election using undemocratic district lines."

"North Carolina Democrats will not stop fighting for truly fair maps where voters — not undemocratically-elected politicians — choose their representatives.

"We look forward to sending new representatives to Congress who will better reflect our state’s values.”

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