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ProPublica Reports Rep. James Clyburn Protected His District at a Cost to Black Democrats

HeadlineMay 09, 2023

A new report finds South Carolina Democratic Congressmember James Clyburn secretly worked with Republicans during the 2020 redistricting process on a plan that diluted Black voting strength and harmed Democrats’ chances of gaining seats in Congress. That’s according to ProPublica, which reports Clyburn made the deal in exchange for a redrawn map of South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District that ensured he could easily win reelection. A spokesperson denied the report that Clyburn facilitated Republican gerrymandering. Until January, Clyburn served as House majority whip, the third-ranking House Democrat. His opposition to Bernie Sanders’s candidacy helped propel Joe Biden to victory in the 2020 presidential primary.

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