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One West Virginia redistricting proposal would draw Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito into the same district as freshman GOP Rep. David McKinley (not pictured).

The decennial process of reapportionment gave South Carolina an extra seat. The new district is in the northeastern part of the state and is anchored in Horry County, which contains the city of Myrtle Beach. Its placement will move the 1st district, now represented by Rep. Tim Scott (R), south along the coast to Charleston and Beaufort counties in the southeastern part of the state.

Roll Call asked Scott whether having a new district and new constituents would mean he’d need to adjust his politics.

“I’m not a chameleon, so it’s very hard from me to change my stripes or colors,” Scott said. “At the end of the day, what you see is what you get: I’m a conservative, hopefully thoughtful, person.”

Scott won with 65 percent of the vote in 2010. Though the lines have changed substantially, the 1st remains a Republican district.

The new 7th district is likely to lean Republican. An estimated 56 percent of voters there would have voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 presidential election, according to numbers crunched by a Republican source.

The map also strengthens the Republican tilt of the districts held by GOP Reps. Joe Wilson and Mick Mulvaney, according to the source’s numbers. The majority-minority 6th district, represented by Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn (D), becomes more Democratic.

An earlier iteration of the map had shifted the ratio of Spartanburg County and Greenville County in the 4th district. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R), who represents the district, was unhappy with that development.

Gowdy is OK with the final map.

“We applaud the General Assembly for passing a map that preserves the successful partnership between Greenville and Spartanburg, and appreciate their diligent work throughout the process,” Gowdy spokesman Robert Hughes told Roll Call in a statement.

West Virginia Plan Draws McKinley, Moore Capito Together

A new redistricting proposal floated by a Democratic West Virginia state Senator would draw Republican Reps. David McKinley and Shelley Moore Capito into the same district, the Charleston Daily Mail reported.

But the Democratic state House Majority Leader indicated to the newspaper that this was an unlikely outcome.

“We’ll certainly look at all plans, but this is something that has not been proposed in the House as of this date,” Brent Boggs told the paper.

McKinley chief of staff Andy Seré told Roll Call that he isn’t worried.

“This plan is clearly a partisan powerplay. But at the end of the day, cooler heads are going to prevail, and I think this is destined for the dustbin,” he said.

Independent Panel Under Investigation in Arizona

The state attorney general is investigating the state’s independent redistricting commission for possible violations of procurement and open-meeting laws.

Capitol Media Services reported Attorney General Tom Horne’s (R) investigation is centered on the commission’s selection of a map-drawing consultant, Strategic Telemetry, which worked for the presidential campaigns of President Barack Obama in 2008 and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in 2004.

Questions about the process for approving the firm — the two Democrats and one independent on the five-member panel voted in its favor — were raised in reports by the Arizona Capitol Times.

State Sen. Frank Antenori (R) told Capitol Media Services that he has evidence that public documents used to rate the bidding consulting firms were destroyed.

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