Carnahan Coy, while High Court Reviews New Mo House Map

Kevin Killeen

CREVE COUER, MO –(KMOX)–He’s raising money to run for Congress, but he doesn’t know where he’ll run yet. 

Missouri Congressman Russ Carnahan continues in campaign mode, as the state high court announces it will take a closer look at the recently redrawn congressional districts.

“I’ve made it clear throughout this process I am running for re-election,” Carnahan said.

Two separate lawsuits have sought to throw out the new U.S. House map, claiming the lines were gerrymandered.  Earlier this month, the Missouri Supreme Court ordered more review of the claims, and a trial judge tossed out the cases, saying the lines aren’t perfect, but good enough.

Now the state high court has scheduled oral arguments in the redistricting case for Thursday.

Carnahan says he will continue to fight, and adds the case hasn’t hurt his fund raising .

“My fund raising over the last year in 2011 broke all my past fund raising records,” Carnahan said.

But if the current map is upheld, would Carnahan run against fellow democratic congressman William Lacey Clay Jr.?

“You’re about the thousandth person to ask me that,” Carnahan said, “It’s really the wrong question at the wrong time.”

Copyright KMOX


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