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Redistricting Spurs Debate Over Voting Rights Act

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Rep. John Barrow, Georgia’s only white Democratic Member, faces a tough re-election under the state’s new redistricting map, which was approved by the Department of Justice under the Voting Rights Act.

“The reality is that in the Deep South ... you see that for Democrats to chip back at it, it just takes a longer time,” he said in 2011. “The pendulum is a little slower down here, maybe it’s the heat of the day. Instead of big sweeps like you see in other parts of the country, you’re going to see one or two seats picked off each cycle.”

Anzalone offered a rhetorical question and answer: “Will it take 10 years to the point where you’re writing a different story? Probably so.”

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