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Between the Lines: First Maps Make Incumbents Uncomfortable

The state is losing a Congressional district through reapportionment, and proposed maps drawn by state House leaders from both parties cut out Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan’s 3rd district and put all of St. Louis proper into Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay’s 1st district.

Meanwhile, a separate redistricting committee in the state Senate, which is also controlled by Republicans, was expected to release its Congressional map plan Monday.

The Associated Press reported before the map was posted that the GOP-drawn plan would also take out Carnahan’s district.

Unfortunately for Carnahan, the loss of his district could be one of the few things agreed upon in both partisan plans expected to be voted on Tuesday. The AP reported that the partisan wrangling could come from the shifting of the other Congressional districts, some of which could result in more competitive elections.

— Kyle Trygstad

Iowa: Map Pits Incumbents Against Each Other

The first proposed Congressional map for redistricting puts the homes of two different sets of incumbents in the same districts, setting the stage for competitive primaries on both sides of the aisle.

On the surface, Republican Reps. Tom Latham (4th district) and Steve King (5th district) would share a newly drawn 4th district, while Democratic Reps. Bruce Braley (1st district) and Dave Loebsack (2nd district) would share the newly drawn 1st district.

Iowa lost a seat in reapportionment, taking the state from five House seats to four and increasing the likelihood that incumbents would end up in the same district since all five Members appear interested in running for re-election.

Rep. Leonard Boswell’s 3rd district would shift from Des Moines and areas east to Des Moines and areas west to the Nebraska border. The Democrat’s election could get more difficult because it would include GOP-leaning counties in the southwest corner of the state that currently belong to King.

Loebsack’s Linn County home is in the proposed new 1st district. He also could run in the 2nd district, where no incumbent currently lives. Some of Loebsack’s base is in Johnson County, including the University of Iowa. But the new lines could present an opportunity for Christie Vilsack, wife of former Gov. and current Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Her home is based there, and she has signaled interest in running for the seat.

— Nathan L. Gonzales

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