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      SC voters appeal redistricting suit

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Six black South Carolina voters want the nation's highest court to hear their case over the state's new congressional and state House districts.

      Attorneys for the voters on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their appeal. The court has not said if it will take the case, which bypassed the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

      Earlier this month, a three-judge federal panel ruled that South Carolina's U.S. House districts and state House districts are fair and do not discriminate against black voters. The voters had argued the districts drawn by the Republican-dominated state Legislature diluted blacks' voting power and were improperly drawn based on race.

      The filing period for political offices in South Carolina opened last Friday.


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