Miss. House OKs redistricting plan favoring GOP

Mississippi House Republicans pushed through a redistricting plan Thursday that critics say would cut the number of white Democrats in the 122-member body.

House members voted 70-49 for the plan, with 63 Republicans and seven Democrats supporting it.

House Elections Chairman Bill Denny, a Jackson Republican, said the changes preserve black-majority districts and reflect population shifts since the last Census.

“All those matters were to take care of population shifts or to not enact any retrogression,” said Denny, using a term that means not allowing black voting opportunities to go backward.