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Between the Lines: Schwarz and Schauer Drawn Out of Old Michigan Seat

Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call
Former Rep. Joe Schwarz says he is not pleased with the Michigan GOP's proposed map, which moves his hometown out of the 7th district and into the 3rd district.

On Tuesday, the state Senate Judiciary Committee approved a map that adds the new district South Carolina gained in reapportionment to an area that includes the cities of Myrtle Beach, Florence and Sumter. The new district is likely to lean Republican.

The most controversial part of the map passed by the Senate committee lies in the northwestern part of the state, where Spartanburg County is split between the 4th and 5th districts, while neighboring Greenville County is left wholly in the 4th district.

Freshman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R) is unhappy with this development, according to a source close to the Congressman.

Gowdy, who represents the 4th district and resides in the city of Spartanburg, had advocated for a 4th district that fairly splits the two counties in his district, instead of "keeping one whole and eviscerating the other," as Gowdy sees this map, the source said.

The map now heads to a full vote in the state Senate, after which it must be reconciled with the House map. "I expect the Spartanburg delegation will make a spirited effort to get it amended on the floor," a knowledgeable South Carolina source said.

Whatever happens, a Congressional map is likely to be passed by both chambers by the end of next week, and Republican Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to sign it into law.

The Justice Department or a federal court must also sign off on the new map under the Voting Rights Act before the new boundaries can take effect.

TEXAS: Lone Stop for Lone Star Map Is Perry's Desk

The Texas Senate approved a new Congressional map this week, sending the redrawn lines to Republican Gov. Rick Perry's desk for approval.

However, either the Justice Department or a federal court will have the final call on whether the map passes legal muster. Lone Star State Democrats have already charged that the map does not account for sufficient representation for minority voters.

The Texas delegation will increase from 32 to 36 Members in 2013 because of population growth in the state.

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