Redistricting News & Analysis

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…

Maryland Redistricting: Crossing the Chesapeake

by Jacob Rubashkin January 21, 2022 · 2:29 PM EST

As one of the few states in which Democrats had full control of redistricting, Maryland was a major focus of national Democrats looking for any advantages heading into a tough midterm election.

But while state legislators in Annapolis moved against the congressional delegation’s lone remaining Republican member, they did not…

New Jersey Redistricting: Malinowski Draws the Short Straw

by Jacob Rubashkin January 10, 2022 · 4:00 PM EST

Winning has consequences. Electoral success in House races over the last decade made the latest round of redistricting more complicated for New Jersey Democrats because they have more incumbents. The final result looks like one of their own will face a very challenging re-election race. 

Ten years ago, a seven…

New Mexico Redistricting: Herrell in the Hot Seat

by Jacob Rubashkin December 31, 2021 · 11:30 AM EST

New Mexico has just three congressional districts, but as one of just seven states in which Democrats fully control the mapmaking process it has drawn serious attention from national Democrats eager to press any advantage that helps them defend their five-seat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The map…

Arizona Redistricting: Democrats’ Grand Canyon Calamity

by Jacob Rubashkin December 30, 2021 · 12:00 PM EST

Arizona’s independent redistricting commission unanimously passed a new congressional map that maintains the state’s breakdown of five districts carried by Joe Biden in the 2020 election and four districts carried by President Donald Trump, but also affords Republicans great opportunities to flip two Democratic-held seats and reclaim a majority of…

California Redistricting: Golden Opportunities

by Jacob Rubashkin December 28, 2021 · 5:00 PM EST

California’s independent redistricting commission unanimously passed a new congressional map for the Golden State that shores up the state’s Democratic delegation and puts several Republicans on their heels. 

That’s a boon for national Democrats looking to hold onto their razor-thin majority in the U.S. House. Despite California’s decidedly blue bent,…