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Changing voting boundaries affects the Super Tuesday elections in Alabama and North Carolina

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People in North Carolina and Alabama are voting for their preferred candidates in the US House elections. The voting process has changed a lot due to new district boundaries. Some Democrats in North Carolina decided not to run for re-election because the new districts are more favorable to Republicans. In Alabama, the voting lines have created a situation where two Black lawmakers could be elected to the US House for the first time.

There was a legal issue in Alabama that made the courts redraw the voting lines. This change gives African American residents more chances to choose a candidate they want in a second House district. Currently, only one district out of seven in Alabama has a majority of Black voters.

In Alabama, there’s a primary election where Democratic candidates like Anthony Daniels, Merika Coleman, Napoleon Bracy Jr., Juandalynn Givan, Jeremy Gray, James Averhart, and Shomari Figures are running. If no candidate gets more than 50% support, the top two will compete in a runoff on April 16.

The new voting lines also caused a challenge for Republican incumbents Jerry Carl and Barry Moore in Alabama, leading to the first member-versus-member primary of the 2024 election.

In North Carolina, there are open seats attracting many Republican candidates. For example, 14 candidates are competing in the GOP primary for a redrawn district. There’s also a candidate, Josh McConkey, who made headlines for using his lottery winnings in the race.

In the 14th District of North Carolina, former President Donald Trump endorsed Tim Moore, who is running for the seat. Trump also supports Addison McDowell in the redrawn 6th District. Other notable candidates include former US Rep. Mark Walker and Bo Hines, backed by the conservative group Club for Growth.

To avoid a potential runoff on May 17, primary candidates in North Carolina must receive at least 30% of the vote.

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