RALEIGH — The ink is dry on the state’s new congressional maps.
Yet while the new political lines will be reviewed by courts following litigation, political aspirants across the state are lining up to toss their hats into the ring.
There will be at least three new members of Congress that come from N.C. under the maps passed by the General Assembly on Nov. 4.
The new Fourth District, which takes in a four-county region of Cumberland, Harnett, Johnston and Sampson counties; the new Seventh District, which begins in eastern Davidson County and takes in Republican strongholds of Randolph and Alamance counties, and portions of eastern Guilford County and southern Wake County; and the new 13th District, which takes in northern Mecklenburg County and stretches along the South Carolina border to just east of Buncombe County.
Those new districts are expected to elect Republicans, based on early analysis.
Leaving the state’s delegation will be Republican Ted Budd, who in April launched a U.S. Senate campaign; and Democrat David Price, who announced his retirement from his longtime Triangle-based district.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Manning, who was elected in 2020, has thus far not announced her plans after her Guilford County-centric district was redrawn.
The remaining Democratic members — U.S. Reps. Alma Adams, G.K. Butterfield and Deborah Ross — are all expected to run for re-election. Of those three, Butterfield’s district is expected to be the most competitive given the political shifts in rural areas of the district.
Each of the remaining Republicans currently in the U.S. House: Dan Bishop, Madison Cawthorn, Virginia Foxx, Richard Hudson, Patrick McHenry, Greg Murphy and David Rouzer, are expected to seek re-election.
Hudson released a statement Monday indicating he would run for the new 10th District, which includes his home of Cabarrus County and now runs up to the city of High Point in the Triad.