North Carolina congressional map redraw almost complete

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina legislature is nearly done redrawing the state's congressional map and delaying the March 15 U.S. House primary until June 7.

The House and Senate are expected to wrap up a special redistricting session Friday. That's the deadline in a federal court order demanding new congressional boundaries because judges found two districts were illegal gerrymanders.

Republican lawmakers disagreed with the ruling but redrew lines in case the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't block the order. The current boundaries would remain intact and the congressional primary would go on as scheduled in March if the justices intervene.

The contingent election calendar keeps all other primaries on March 15. But there would be no primary runoffs this year. Usually a candidate must get at least 40 percent to avoid a runoff.

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