Get ready for a debate over the balance of race and city v. rural as South Carolina begins redistricting

Image by Flickr user jaxxon So many choices.

As it begins to look more certain that South Carolina will gain a 7th Congressional district following a population bump in the 2010 Census, pundits are saying to get ready for a statewide battle over the new U.S. House seat and the lines for S.C. Statehouse seats.

Word seems to be that this could be a fight in the Statehouse second only to our budget battle.

Statehouse Report has a nice profile of the looming battle, read it here, and watch for the  Thursday, April 7, public meeting at Trident Technical College in North Charleston at 6:30 p.m. to discuss redistricting in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, and Orangeburg counties. 

Much has already been written on this issue, and there's been some interesting talk about better aligning a series of South Carolina "coastal districts." 

Be sure to bookmark and/or checkout the S.C. Senate's redistricting website for lots more background info.