As correctly predicted earlier in the week, ten-term North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-Wilson) announced his intention to retire from the House yesterday. He again stated his displeasure over the new redistricting map, saying the draw hurts African Americans in his district.
The seat, formerly labeled CD-1. still leans Democratic, but President Biden would have only carried it in a close 51-48% result. His current 1st District yielded Mr. Biden a 54-45% victory margin, but Rep. Butterfield’s 2020 spread dropped to that same vicinity, 54-46% after typically winning with percentages in the high 60s, 70s, and even 80s during his long career. Mr. Butterfield exiting means that 24 sitting members will not seek re-election next year in addition to eight seats being created through reapportionment and redistricting. Of the 24 incumbents not running, 14 are Democrats.
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