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Another retirement: Democratic Rep. Manning heads for exits

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Rep. Kathy Manning is the latest North Carolina Democrat to forgo a reelection bid in the wake of an aggressive Republican gerrymander.

The GOP-controlled state legislature earlier this year approved a new congressional map that could flip as many as four seats Democrats currently represent. The districts held by Manning, along with Reps. Jeff Jackson and Wiley Nickel, now favor Republicans, while Rep. Don Davis’ district became more competitive.

Jackson is also not running for reelection and is instead campaigning for North Carolina attorney general. Davis is the only one to announce a reelection bid, while Nickel has said that he won’t make a decision until the “courts have spoken.”

A suit was filed over the map earlier this week. The state’s filing deadline is Dec. 15.