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WLOS ABC 13 Breaking News: The North Carolina legislature has approved the redrawn congressional map which splits Asheville into two districts: the 10th District represented by (R) Patrick McHenry and 11th District represented by (D) Heath Shuler. That means the new redistricting plan has become law. Tonight's vote comes just hours after the legislature also passed a new state Senate map.
Once every 10 years, state legislators get a chance to redraw congressional districts. After their historic gains last November, North Carolina Republicans get a go at the process for the first time in more than 100 years. And in the maps they’ve released today, July 1, many Asheville voters have been stripped out of the 11th Congressional District that Democrat Heath Shuler represents and moved to the 10th, currently represented by Republican Patrick McHenry.