Tennessee Redistricting could go to court

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) – State Republicans have released their plan to redraw the political boundaries in Tennessee.

“The Democratic master put out a month ago. The Republican match came out yesterday and really no time to study the ammo. Really have input as to potential changes so it was open in an effort to just have the power we’re going to do what we want to do,” said Yusuf Hakeem.

This focus is splitting rapidly growing Nashville into three different congressional districts.

“When you split Nashville up into three different areas and put a portion of them in other districts what you’re doing is diluting an influence of those persons and those citizens,” said Hakeem.

This could lead to a lawsuit by the democrat’s something Vanderbilt law school professor Jim Blumstein says democrats would likely need to prove racial Discrimination in order to win.

“There can’t be discrimination against blacks if that’s the predominant factor. But there can be favoritism towards Republicans. And if it turns out that a lot of blacks are Democrats and they’re going to be hurt, that’s not going to be enough. You’re going to have to show that somehow that’s the primary focus,” said Blumstein.

News 12 reached out to several Republican Representatives but none were available to speak.

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