This proposed district, based on the results of the 2016 election, voted 55% for Republican Donald Trump and 40.5% for Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. Republican Representative Bob Good now represents the 5th.
The map would move nearly 200,000 voters from western Henrico to a redesigned 1st district, now represented by Republican Representative Rob Wittman. This redesigned district would stretch from the counties of Orange and Louisa in the southeast to the counties of James City, Gloucester and Mathews.
The new 1st would retain the counties of Hanover and New Kent and add 140,000 voters from Spotsylvania, currently in the 7th. In 2016, the newly proposed 1st District voted 56.7% for Trump and 38.2% for Clinton, according to VPAP.
The proposed 4th District, currently represented by Democratic Representative Don McEachin, would remain largely intact. The district would continue to include eastern Chesterfield and eastern Henrico as well as the towns of Richmond and Petersburg, and would extend southeast to Chesapeake. He would win around 17,500 voters in the 7th arrondissement.
At least three of the eight Democrats on the commission have indicated that they consider the current version of the map to be a mistake, citing its division of Henrico into three districts, its division of Prince William County into the 7th, 10th and 11th districts proposed, its division of Lynchburg between the 5th and 6th arrondissements project, and its division of the Dulles corridor of Northern Virginia between the 10th and 11th arrondissements.