4 Miss. congressman confident court will draw fair redistricting plan

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi’s four U.S. House members expressed confidence Wednesday that a federal court will produce a redistricting plan they can accept.

The three Republicans and one Democrat said they did not object to a three-judge panel taking over the job of drawing new maps, as the state Republican Party had requested. The judges said they would step in assuming the Legislature doesn’t meet a Dec. 4 deadline set by state law to produce a new map.

“The Legislature has, for a lot of different reasons, not drawn the lines, so somebody needs to do it,” said U.S. Rep Alan Nunnelee, a Tupelo Republican.