Mississippi redistricting case heard in federal court

Source: MGN

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - An attorney for black plaintiffs suing the state says one of Mississippi's legislative districts should be redrawn to give African-Americans a chance to elect a candidate of their choice.

Senate District 22 stretches through parts of six counties from the Delta down into the Jackson suburbs of Madison County. It has a 51 percent black voting-age population and a white senator, Republican Buck Clarke of Hollandale.

An attorney for the state says nothing is impeding black people in the district from exercising the right to vote.

Both sides argued Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves.

The lawsuit was filed in July by three black people, one of whom lost in 2015 to Clarke, who took office in 2004.

Plaintiffs want the district redrawn with minimal disruption to other Senate districts.