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PolitiFact NC examines gerrymandering, uncontested races

Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting members review historical voting maps during a meeting at the N.C. legislature in February.
Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting members review historical voting maps during a meeting at the N.C. legislature in February. clowenst@newsobserver.com

An anti-gerrymandering group, Common Cause, said in a recent video that half of all North Carolina legislative races are unopposed because of the lopsided way the districts have been drawn.

PolitiFact NC looked into that claim. For a swing state in a presidential election year, it seemed surprising that so many state senators and representatives would be given free rides into office.

And furthermore, is gerrymandering entirely to blame?

For all the findings, read the full story here.

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Speaker: Common Cause NC

Statement: “Half of all NC legislative candidates are unopposed because of gerrymandering.”

Ruling: Neither part of the statement is 100 percent accurate. Fewer than half of candidates for the General Assembly are unopposed, but not by much. And experts agree that while it is a factor, gerrymandering is not the only reason why candidates go unopposed. We rate this claim Mostly True.

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