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Redistricting plans advance in SC General Assembly

Jerry Govan
Jeffrey Collins/AP
FILE - South Carolina Rep. Jerry Govan, D-Orangeburg, looks over a map during a House redistricting committee public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. Govan was put into a district with another incumbent in the proposed House map.

State lawmakers will convene next month to consider plans to re-shape state House and Senate districts for the next decade. Preliminary maps using new population data from the 2020 Census indicate that most incumbent legislators will have districts to their liking, and that Republicans will maintain their commanding majorities in both bodies.

In the last decade South Carolina grew by almost 11 percent, but that growth didn’t occur statewide. Most of it occurred in coastal counties, the Upstate, and in York and Lancaster counties adjacent to Charlotte. Florence Representative Jay Jordan, R-Florence who chaired the special Committee that developed the House plan said that’s made the important job of redistricting extremely hard.