Miss. GOP moves Natchez into 2nd District

JACKSON, Miss. — Republicans and Democrats continue to fight over moving Adams and Wilkinson counties in southwest Mississippi from the 3rd Congressional District to the 2nd.

That dispute looms large in the latest filings in a federal court case which is likely to produce new lines for Mississippi’s four U.S. House districts.

Attorney General Jim Hood dropped remaining objections to a three-judge panel’s redrawing district lines, after the Legislature failed to propose a plan by Dec. 4. By a Monday deadline, no one else objected in court to the judges handling the task, clearing the way for them to act.

The judges must equalize population among the four districts, which will mean shifting a large number of people into the 2nd District, represented by Democrat Bennie Thompson.