Redistricting News & Analysis

Arkansas Redistricting: Little Rock Cracked

by Jacob Rubashkin March 16, 2022 · 11:56 AM EDT

In 2011, the last vestiges of the Democratic legislative majority in Arkansas drew a congressional map aimed to send at least two Democrats in Congress even as the party was in freefall. 

The plan backfired, and after the 2012 elections, Republicans held all four of the state’s seats.

But later…

Wisconsin Redistricting: Just One Badger Battle

by Jacob Rubashkin March 15, 2022 · 10:41 AM EDT

With a Democratic governor and a GOP-controlled legislature, redistricting in Wisconsin was destined to be settled by the court system — especially given how acrimonious the relationship is between Gov. Tony Evers and Republicans in Madison.

But most of the drama was taken out of the redistricting process several months…

Pennsylvania Redistricting: Keys to the Keystone

by Jacob Rubashkin March 11, 2022 · 12:25 PM EST

With a Democratic governor and GOP-controlled legislature, Pennsylvania’s redistricting process was bound for the courts from the beginning. Democrats even filed lawsuits preemptively in the commonwealth to prepare for that possibility.

After Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the legislature’s map, the courts stepped in. First, a conservative lower court…

South Carolina Redistricting: Palmetto State Palm Reading

by Bradley Wascher March 10, 2022 · 12:43 PM EST

South Carolina’s new congressional map, approved in late January, will likely entrench Republicans’ electoral advantage for the next decade.

Compared to the outgoing districts, the new lines saw minimal changes — a conscious decision on the part of GOP mapmakers — with the most noticeable differences in the…

Kentucky Redistricting: Still One Blue Bluegrass Seat

by Bradley Wascher February 22, 2022 · 2:26 PM EST

Despite some drama, Kentucky’s new congressional map is poised to solidify the delegation’s existing partisan breakdown. 

Heading into redistricting, the Republican-controlled state legislature had the opportunity to go aggressive and potentially move the Democratic-held 3rd District into the GOP’s column. But ultimately Republicans left the 3rd intact, and…

New York Redistricting: Democratic State of Mind

by Jacob Rubashkin February 11, 2022 · 12:42 PM EST

With a House majority of just five seats, plus an unpopular president hanging over their heads, Democrats need all the help they can get in their quest to maintain control of Congress. 

The party received a major boost last week when New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law a…

Virginia Redistricting: Old Dominion’s New Districts

by Bradley Wascher February 8, 2022 · 10:00 AM EST

It might have required resorting to Plan B, but Virginia has a new congressional map.

The state’s bipartisan redistricting commission, which was approved by voters in 2020, failed to agree on new district lines in October, handing over control of the mapmaking process to the state Supreme Court.…

Georgia Redistricting: New Lines on Their Minds

by Jacob Rubashkin February 4, 2022 · 2:29 PM EST

Georgia Republicans are on their heels. After nearly two decades of dominating statewide politics, the GOP came within two points of losing the governorship for the first time in 16 years, failed to deliver the state’s electoral votes to the Republican candidate for president for the first time since 1992,…

Michigan 3: Scholten Back for a Rematch

by Jacob Rubashkin February 1, 2022 · 6:10 AM EST

Hillary Scholten, the Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 3rd District in 2020, is running for the Grand Rapids-area seat again, setting up a potential rematch with freshman GOP Rep. Peter Meijer.

But unlike in 2020, when Meijer defeated Scholten by 6 points, 53-47 percent, the 3rd District is now Democratic-friendly turf,…

Illinois Redistricting: Multiple Member-on-Member Matchups

by Bradley Wascher January 28, 2022 · 1:52 PM EST

Although the new Illinois congressional map will solidify Democrats’ advantage for years to come, neither party left the redistricting process unscathed. From eliminated districts to double-bunked incumbents, the revised lines introduce new intrigue — and uncertainty — to Prairie State politics. 

Illinois has lost at least one seat in every…