• Newsweek

Ex-South Carolina Rep. Says State's Political Map Drawn by 'A Partisan Hack' to Help GOP

After a South Carolina committee released its proposed new district maps last week, other state legislators have begun to weigh in on the proposals, the Associated Press reported.

South Carolina Democratic senators said Monday they wanted to review the maps, and learn what information was used to draw them before the maps can gain their support. Under the new proposal, the state probably would continue to have six Republicans and one Democrat in their seven U.S. House seats.

The bulk of the changes some Democrats have taken issue with come in the 1st district, which includes parts of Charleston and Hilton Head Island. The district is the only seat flipped by a Democrat since 1986, when Joe Cunningham won in 2018 and served one term, losing his reelection bid in 2020.

Speaking before the state Senate subcommittee on Monday, Cunningham said the maps looked like they were drawn by "a partisan hack" and added that Republicans should focus on winning a majority in the House in 2022 by earning voters with their ideas and positions, not by using a computer and maps to give themselves an advantage.