“As Democrats seek to cut into Republicans’ firm control of the House of Representatives, a handful of lawsuits over alleged gerrymandering give them hope that congressional lines in several states may become more favorable for them.”
Reps. Randy Forbes (R-VA 04), Scott Rigell (R-VA 02), Will Hurd (R-TX 23), Daniel Webster (R-FL 09), and several North Carolina Republicans all could see their districts become tougher to defend.
In Virginia, Florida, and North Carolina, Democratic plaintiffs have argued the states’ Republican-controlled legislatures packed an excessive number of minorities into single districts, diluting their influence elsewhere. In Texas, Democrats have made the opposite claim, saying Hurd’s district was meant to be a strong minority district, but has so many low-propensity minority voters that its 70 percent Hispanic makeup doesn’t matter much.
Thanks to another lawsuit on redistricting commissions, Republicans could end up with an advantage in Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick’s (D-AZ 01) or Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-AZ 09) districts. (Hotline reporting)