The Legislature is in a special session to deal with redistricting because there will be legislative elections this fall. Lawmakers already passed new state legislative lines but are huddling in a conference committee to negotiate the final details of a new Congressional map. With split chambers — the GOP controls the House and Democrats narrowly control the Senate — there are competing plans that must be smoothed out before McDonnell can consider them for final approval.
"The level of cooperation seems to be a lot better," he said, noting that the legislative lines passed with bipartisan majorities. "I'm hopeful the same thing will happen with the Congressional map."
McDonnell stressed he wants to see a map that reduces the number of districts that split precincts.
"I just want them to do things legally," he said.
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Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.