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Michigan: Facing Stiff Challenge, Strong 3rd Quarter for Benishek Coffers

Rep. Dan Benishek reported raising $510,000 in the third quarter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

If freshman Republican Rep. Dan Benishek is losing his grasp on Michigan’s 1st district, his campaign coffers don’t show it.

His campaign announced its best fundraising quarter ever today, raising a total of $510,000 from July 1 to Sept. 30 to close the period with more than $570,000 in cash on hand.

Kansas: Court Issues Map, Redistricting Over

The nation's decennial redistricting process finished late Thursday night when a federal court in Kansas released the state's new Congressional map.

Despite the political drama leading up to the court's decision, the new Kansas map doesn't make any sweeping changes to the state's Congressional lines.

Between the Lines: Federal Court to Take Up New Kansas Map

A federal court will take up the new Kansas Congressional map May 29, while the Republican-controlled state House will make a last-ditch effort to rescue the mapmaking process.

The court's imminent redraw is unpredictable, but it's likely at least one of the state's four GOP Members will get a more competitive district under the new map.

Florida: Court Rules Against Democrats on Congressional Map

A Florida state circuit court ruled against a Democratic challenge to the state's new Congressional map, denying a motion that the map violates the state constitution and declining to issue an injunction against the map.

The news comes hours after the Department of Justice greenlighted the GOP-drawn Congressional map. This, in effect, means that Democrats are probably stuck with the map passed by the GOP-controlled state Legislature earlier this year, which keeps most of the 19 Republican Members in comfortably safe districts. While Democrats could appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court, legal observers believe it is probably too late to change the 2012 lines.

Justice Department Preclears Florida Congressional Map

The Justice Department today precleared Florida's Congressional map, making the GOP-friendly lines enforceable law.

The new lines, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law by GOP Gov. Rick Scott, are likely to lead to Democrats picking up two to four seats in November. But the Florida delegation is almost certain to remain overwhelmingly Republican. The current House delegation includes 19 Republicans and six Democrats. Reapportionment granted Florida two new seats because of increases in population.

Between the Lines: Then There Was One

Kansas is now the only state in the country with an outstanding redistricting map.

New Hampshire's new map became law on Monday when Gov. John Lynch (D) signed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Reps. Charles Bass and Frank Guinta ultimately agreed to the map after some earlier tension over moving voters between the two districts.  Both Congressmen are being targeted by Democrats in an effort to defeat them this cycle.

New York: Court-Drawn Congressional Map Adopted for 2012 Elections

UPDATED 5:35 p.m. | A federal three-judge panel begrudgingly adopted a court-drawn Congressional redistricting plan for New York, locking in lines for this November's election after the perpetually deadlocked Empire State Legislature failed to fulfill its constitutional responsibility to update a map to reflect changes in population.

On March 12, federal Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann released a proposed map. In today's opinion, the three-judge panel ordered the state of New York to adopt that plan "in its entirety." The panel made tiny tweaks to Mann's map in a few districts that won't materially affect any candidates or political outcomes.

Virginia: Primaries Will Be Held as Scheduled

The Department of Justice raised no objections to Virginia's Congressional redistricting plan on Wednesday, ending a turbulent process and clearing the way for the state's primaries to be held in June, as scheduled.

"Now that the lines are effective, the June congressional primaries can proceed on time and in an orderly fashion," state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement.

New York: Redistricting End Is Nigh

UPDATED 4:25 p.m. |

There's a growing bipartisan sense in top political circles in New York that the Congressional redistricting map released by a federal judge late last night represents the final lines for the 2012 cycle.

New York: Judge Issues New — and Potentially Final — Congressional Lines

GOP Rep. Bob Turner is among the Members threatened under the proposed map. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:40 a.m. |

A New York federal judge released a tweaked redistricting map late Monday night that closely resembled