WASHINGTON -- A three-judge panel ruled Monday that new congressional maps passed by North Carolina lawmakers last month can stand for the 2020 election. The court also opened filing for U.S. House candidates.
"The net result is the grievous and flawed 2016 map has been replaced," Judge Paul Ridgeway said.
Monday marked the opening of the filing period for the 2020 election, but the judges had blocked filing in the congressional races as they considered the maps.
Still candidates were announcing congressional runs even before the ruling -- particularly in the two districts that are expected to swing toward Democrats under the legislature's new map.
Democrat Deborah Ross, a former state lawmaker who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2016, filed a statement of candidacy with federal election officials to run in the 2nd District.
The district, currently represented by Republican Rep. George Holding, will be a Wake County-only district under the maps passed by the legislature.
Three Democrats already announced campaigns for the seat, but that was before the districts were redrawn. Retired Marine Scott Cooper, Wake County Public Schools board member Monika Johnson-Hostler and Open Table United Methodist Church pastor Jason Butler have been in the race for several months.
Holding has not committed to running again.
The 6th District, currently represented by Republican Rep. Mark Walker, has been reconfigured to include all of Guilford County and part of Forsyth County.
Kathy Manning, who unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Ted Budd in the 13th District in 2018, announced on Twitter that she is running.