Because the Virginia Redistricting Commission members failed to produce a new congressional map by the stated deadline, the state Supreme Court was forced to assume map drawing responsibilities. The court hired two special masters, a Democrat and a Republican, to collaborate and produce a new map. The document was released late this week and it contains some surprises.
While the 7D-4R ratio appears to remain in tact, two of the Democratic seats look to be competitive, those of Reps. Elaine Luria (D-Norfolk) and Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg). A third Democrat, two-term Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Glen Allen), is left with no place to run though her 7th District reappears in northern Virginia as a safe seat for her party. Since the court’s special masters produced the map, and cities and towns are kept whole for the most part, the compactness scale looks favorable, and there are no irregular lines, it is likely the court will adopt this map or adopt a similar version with minor tweaks.
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