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NC congressional districts ordered to be redrawn, as courts consider similar case in WI

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(CNN) - North Carolina officials must re-draw their congressional district boundaries after a panel of federal judges ruled the current map unconstitutional.  It is a similar case to the one Wisconsin is facing in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The judges say the current North Carolina map is unconstitutionally partisan. The state has three weeks to file a new plan with the court so it will be in place before the 2018 congressional elections.

The ruling is the first by a federal court to strike down a congressional map for partisan gerrymandering.

In Wisconsin, the high court is digging into claims filed by people and groups, including Wendy Sue Johnson, of Eau Claire, saying state Republicans unconstitutionally drew district lines in 2011 to help them win elections in 2012 and the years to come.

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