ATLANTA (AP) — A federal choose on Wednesday accepted new Georgia congressional and legislative voting districts that defend Republican partisan benefits, saying the creation of latest majority-Black voting districts mounted unlawful minority vote dilution that led him to order maps be redrawn.

U.S. District Choose Steve Jones, in three separate however equally worded orders, rejected claims that the brand new maps did not do sufficient to assist Black voters. Jones mentioned he could not intervene with legislative decisions, even when Republicans moved to guard their energy. The maps have been redrawn in a current particular legislative session after Jones in October dominated {that a} prior set of maps illegally harmed Black voters.

The approval of the maps units the stage for them for use in 2024’s upcoming elections. They’re more likely to preserve the identical 9-5 Republican majority amongst Georgia’s 14 congressional seats, whereas additionally retaining GOP majorities within the state Senate and Home.

The maps added the Black-majority districts that Jones ordered in October, together with one in Congress, two within the state Senate and 5 within the state Home. However they radically reconfigure some Democratic-held districts that do not have Black majorities, together with Democratic U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath’s seventh District within the Atlanta suburbs.

McBath has vowed to remain within the Home. “I gained’t let Republicans resolve when my time in Congress is over,” she wrote in a Thursday fundraising electronic mail. However which means she’s more likely to have to hunt to run in a brand new district for the second election in a row, after Republicans drew her out of the district she initially gained.

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