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Proposed distric maps near completion

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina General Assembly has
completed most of its work on proposed district maps for its own
seats and for the state's congressional delegation.

The Senate gave its final approval Monday night to a map for the
chamber's 50 seats, wrapping up hours of debate that included
passage of boundaries for 13 congressional seats. The House also
approved a plan Monday for its 120 seats.

The Republican-penned plans won the day as several Democratic
alternatives were defeated. The GOP is flexing political muscles to
preserve its new majority in the Legislature and target Democratic
incumbents in Congress.

Democrats said the Republican maps segregated black voters.
Republicans defended their maps as fair and legal.

The votes set the stage for final passage of the maps by
Thursday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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