AP story on redistricting

JACKSON, Miss. — Federal judges on Monday released a plan to update Mississippi’s four congressional districts, which decreases the number of split counties from eight to four, the secretary of state said.

The judges say their plan preserves to core constituencies of each district.

“Notwithstanding the movement or potential movement of 146,000 persons, we made as few changes to the current districts as possible,” the three federal judges wrote. “Some changes were inevitable.”

With a population that’s 37 percent black, the state has one majority-black district that’s represented by a Democrat and three majority-white districts, each now represented by a Republican.

Sun Herald
12/19/11