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Between the Lines: New Ohio Map Has Plenty of Winners and Losers

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In Ohio’s redrawn Congressional map, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (above) was put in the same district as Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

Population decline here gave Republicans creative license for a major reworking of district lines. Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich were drawn into the same coastal district stretching from Cleveland to Toledo. Rep. Betty Sutton was moved into the same district as Rep. Jim Renacci (R). The only Cleveland-area Democrat who was spared is Rep. Marcia Fudge, who has the most Democratic district in the state under the proposal.

• Rep. Steven LaTourette

He now boasts the most competitive GOP-held district in the state. There’s not much mapmakers could do about this one: His 14th district is landlocked by a lake, the state border and Democrats in the district of Rep. Tim Ryan (D).

• Rep. Jim Renacci

While his fellow freshman Members got safe districts to themselves, he might get a race with a fellow Member: Sutton.

Tossup

• Rep. Steve Stivers

On the surface, Stivers’ new district is much less competitive than his current one. But at what cost? The district snakes from the Columbus suburbs to near the West Virginia border and loops back through southcentral Ohio. Stivers will have to endear himself to many new, more conservative Republicans — not the wealthy, suburban Columbus business class that he now represents.

• Rep. Jean Schmidt

Republicans made her district more competitive, but she still has a solid path to re-election. Schmidt is not a favorite of her fellow Republicans. She’s lucky to still have a seat.

Washington: Four Maps Released to Begin Redraw Process

The state’s redistricting process started in earnest Tuesday as the four voting members of the bipartisan redistricting commission released separate Congressional map proposals.

The maps kick off negotiations on a final map due to the state Legislature by the end of the year. However, with the state adding a 10th district because of reapportionment, they revealed how different the map will look a year from now as incumbents rev up to run for re-election in their new districts.

As the Seattle Times reported, three of the four map proposals include a new  majority-minority district, with Asian-Americans, African-Americans and Latinos combining to create a majority in a district based in southeast Seattle and south King County. The two Republicans and one of the two Democrats on the commission included a majority-minority district in their proposals.

The maps gave incumbents a glimpse into how their new districts could look.

Commissioner Slade Gorton (R), a former Senator, released a map that consolidates the expansive 2nd district of Rep. Rick Larsen (D). It cuts much of the state’s northwestern counties from his district and extends it instead into the Seattle suburbs. Gorton’s map also would likely improve the 8th district for Rep. Dave Reichert (R), a perennial Democratic target, by cutting out the Seattle suburb of Bellevue.

If this year’s process is anything like past efforts, a final map might not emerge until the last minute. The previous two commissions have needed every second of their allotted time, completing the plans on New Year’s Eve.

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