North Carolina Rep. Nickel won't seek reelection due to remapping, will consider 2026 Senate bid

Democratic U.S. Rep. Wiley Nickel said Thursday he won't seek reelection to Congress next year, the result of congressional redistricting by Republican state legislators this fall that's likely to shift North Carolina's delegation to the right. And he said he'll consider a U.S. Senate bid for an election that would be nearly three years away.

No reelection campaign for Democratic representative after North Carolina GOP redrew U.S. House map

U.S. Rep. Kathy Manning announced Thursday that she will not file under lines that state election data suggests could net Republicans at least three more seats. Manning's district is now considered a GOP-leaning district. It's one of four challenged earlier this week by Black and Latino voters in a federal lawsuit alleging the new map weakens minority voting power to strengthen “the state's white majority.”

North Carolina Republicans close in on new districts seeking to fortify GOP in Congress, legislature

Democrats whose seats are threatened by the plan are Reps. Jeff Jackson of Charlotte, Wiley Nickel of Cary and Kathy Manning of Greensboro. And first-term Rep. Don Davis, one of the three Black Democrats in the state's delegation, would run in a competitive district in northeastern North Carolina. Republicans have defended their maps, particularly with their political leanings, as lawful.