In a letter to the state, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said the attorney general “does not interpose any objection to the specified change” of the Congressional map — which is legalese for approval. Though Perez also notes in the letter that preclearance doesn’t preclude later litigation.
Louisiana lost a seat as a result of reapportionment. Despite substantial population loss in New Orleans between 2000 and 2010, the new map retains a majority-minority district. While the current 2nd district includes just New Orleans and its environs, the new 2nd district snakes from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D) represents the 2nd district and should have no trouble winning re-election under the new lines.
The hottest Congressional race in the state is likely to be a GOP “jungle” primary pitting Rep. Charles Boustany against Rep. Jeff Landry in the safely Republican 3rd district.