Gov. Cooper promises to end gerrymandering if Dems regain power

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Roy Cooper promised Democrats would give up the right to draw political districts that would give their candidates an advantage over Republicans if they regain legislative power.

Cooper made the promise to end gerrymandering Saturday in Raleigh at the Democratic Party's annual gathering, the Associated Press reports.

Democrats will give an independent, nonpartisan commission the power to shape districts for seats if the party wins General Assembly majorities in 2020.

The legislature redraws election districts every decade after the national census.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled more than two dozen legislative districts were illegally designed on racial grounds. A federal court plans a hearing later this month to decide when new North Carolina legislative districts should be redrawn and new elections held.