The House vote was 109-44, fulfilling the two-thirds-majority constitutional requirement for a veto override, while the Missouri Senate voted 28-6.
The new map essentially eliminates the St. Louis-based 3rd district held by Rep. Russ Carnahan (D) and puts him in the same district as Rep. William Lacy Clay (D). Carnahan now has two options: challenge his Democratic colleague in a district that includes Clay’s African-American base or run against a Republican in a nearby but heavily GOP suburban or exurban district.
The state lost one seat based on 2010 census numbers and will have eight Congressional districts after 2012.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., carries a musket on stage as he speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., on Thursday March 6, 2014.