S.C. gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, formerly represented the 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, a district that would see some changes from the proposed congressional redistricting map recently passed in the S.C. House.

Cunningham called the maps the “most blatant example of gerrymandering” this year during a press conference in West Ashley Tuesday morning. The proposed map would lump together voters in West Ashley and Johns Island and move them to SC-06, a Columbia-based district, further silencing a growing Democratic base in Charleston, Cunningham said.

“This method of election theft is nothing new,” he said. “Incumbent lawmakers get to draw their own district lines to their own advantage, making it virtually impossible for them to lose their elections and ensuring one-party rule … It’s to rig future elections in the Republican party’s favor. Instead of earning a victory, they’re stealing it. We’re here to try and stop that.”

If the House-approved map passes the Senate, Cunningham said the state will be left with no competitive congressional districts. “None of our sitting members in Congress will be accountable to anyone,” he said.

Cunningham encouraged those in attendance to support the Whole County Map, a proposed Senate Amendment 2 map that would shift SC-07 to the Lowcountry, including most of Berkeley and Dorchester counties, and keep SC-01 mostly intact.