RACE FOR THE HOUSE

Gerrymandering Lawsuits Could Hurt House Republicans

But Republicans could have an opportunity in Arizona depending on a lawsuit over redistricting commission.

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Jack Fitzpatrick
April 29, 2015, 6 a.m.

“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)

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