The California Citizen Redistribution Commission on Monday night finalized a new congressional card that places every Democratic incumbent in a seat that President Joe Biden won by at least 10 points.
The independent commission cards also place most of California’s Republican incumbents in more competitive districts. And while the districts of Democratic Reps Alan Lowenthal and Lucille Roybal-Allard have been merged to allow California to lose a House seat, the two will retire in 2022.
“It’s a good card for Democrats,” J. Miles Coleman, deputy editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, told the Daily Caller News Foundation, noting how the new card could even “put Trump’s seats on the line. , depending on the year “. . “
“It is possible that the Democrats’ advantage 42-11 will drop to 43-9 after midterm,” added Coleman.
The new map also increases the political power of California’s sizable Latin American population, which has been behind much of the state’s growth over the past decade. Eighteen neighborhoods would be predominantly Latino under the new map, compared to 13 now.
Republicans criticized the map drawn by five Democrats, five Republicans and four independents and unanimously approved it, arguing that improving Democratic circumstances showed political bias.
“The commission has shown it is not acting independently when it drew all Democratic incumbents to more secure seats while making five of the 11 Republican districts more vulnerable,” Republican Representative Mike Garcia said in a statement. communicated to the Los Angeles Times.
In addition to Garcia, Republican Representatives Tom McClintock, David Valadao, Ken Calvert and Michelle Steel are all in more competitive neighborhoods, according to forecaster David Wasserman, editor of the Cook Political Report.
While the California map bolsters its Democratic qualified majority in Congress, it is far from the only state to launch new maps that some have called unfair. The Republican maps of North Carolina, Texas, Ohio and Georgia further cement Democrats in their legislative minorities, while the Democratic maps of Illinois, Maryland and New Mexico do the opposite.
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