Virginia’s Congressional Map Ruled Unconstitutional

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Jack Fitzpatrick
Oct. 8, 2014, 7:07 a.m.

A fed­er­al court ruled Vir­gin­ia’s con­gres­sion­al map un­con­sti­tu­tion­al, say­ing it pur­posely packed an in­or­din­ate num­ber of Afric­an-Amer­ic­an voters in­to the state’s 3rd Dis­trict, rep­res­en­ted by Rep. Robert Scott (D). The cur­rent map will stay in place through the cur­rent cycle. But next cycle, 45,000 to 50,000 Afric­an-Amer­ic­an voters could fall un­der oth­er dis­tricts, pos­sibly mak­ing three neigh­bor­ing Re­pub­lic­an dis­tricts more mod­er­ate: those rep­res­en­ted by Reps. Robert Wittman (R-VA 01), Scott Ri­gell (R-VA 02), and Randy For­bes (R-VA 04).

Re­pub­lic­ans cur­rently hold eight of the state’s 11 seats in the House, des­pite Vir­gin­ia as a whole be­ing evenly di­vided. (Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch)


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