US Supreme Court denies Republicans’ motion to stay congressional map

FILE - Members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, April 23, 2021. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

RALEIGH — The U.S. Supreme Court denied a motion to stay the court-drawn congressional map that will now be used in the state’s 2022 elections.

The court voted to deny the application by a 6-3 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Justice Amy Coney Barrett joining the court’s three Democrats to deny the motion.

Justice Samuel Alito joined with Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch to dissent from the majority on the application.

“We are disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing elections under a congressional map drawn by the conflict-ridden special masters to continue. While we’re focusing on the 2022 elections, we will continue to evaluate this decision and next steps in this case,” Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Eden) said in a statement following the decision.