Mississippi House poised to vote on congressional remapping

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Joint Congressional Redistricting and Legislative Reapportionment Committees chairman Rep. Jim Beckett, R-Bruce, stands before a poster of the “Magnolia 1” proposed congressional plan, and explains the process involved in determining the congressional boundaries following the meeting at the Capitol, during which the committees approved its final proposal for Congressional redistricting, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Mississippi House is considering plan to redraw the state’s four congressional districts. A committee approved it Wednesday, and the full House is expected to vote Thursday.

The plan was unveiled last month. It expands the territory of the state’s only majority-Black U.S. House district because the 2020 Census showed the district lost population during the previous decade. The incumbent in the 2nd District is Democrat Bennie Thompson. He wanted additional territory in the densely populated Jackson area. Instead, the plan would give four additional rural counties in the southwestern corner of the state.

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