New York Democrats combined several Republican-held seats in the state in a draft map of Congress released over the weekend, even as Democrats in other states argue Republicans used the mapping to gain an unfair advantage.
The new map could effectively merge two GOP-dominated seats on Long Island into one, make Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of Staten Island vulnerable in a rematch she faces against former Democratic Rep. Max Rose, and create three districts to Republican lean from the four party currently occupies upstate.
If the draft map released Sunday were in place in 2020, President Joe Biden would have won 22 of the state’s 26 congressional districts, up from 20 of 27 under the old lines. The draft map would represent some of Democrats’ biggest redistricting gains so far, including possible gains in Oregon, California and Illinois. With Republicans needing just a net gain of five seats to win a majority in the House this year, experts said redistricting alone could determine control of the chamber.
State House Speaker Carl Heastie and State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, both Democrats, said in a statement last week that they intended to vote in the coming days to send the card to Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul.
“Given the accelerated nature of the political calendar, we fully expect the Senate and Assembly to consider new fair cards in a timely manner,” the statement said.