FLORIDA

Webster Most Likely to be Affected by Gerrymandering Court Ruling

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Jack Fitzpatrick
July 14, 2014, 7:20 a.m.

The court rul­ing over al­leged ger­ry­man­der­ing in Flor­ida could lead Rep. Daniel Web­ster’s (R-FL 10) dis­trict to loop in more Demo­crats, al­though it prob­ably would not hap­pen un­til 2016. “A Demo­crat­ic strategist with know­ledge of the mat­ter said op­er­at­ives are in com­mu­nic­a­tion with former Or­lando Po­lice Chief Val De­m­ings as a pos­sible re­cruit against Web­ster for this fall. De­m­ings was the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­ee against Web­ster in 2012, and he de­feated her by a 3.5 per­cent mar­gin.”

If the state’s dis­tricts were to be re­drawn this cycle, it could re­open the can­did­ate fil­ing win­dow, al­low­ing Demo­crats to field a can­did­ate against Rep. Dav­id Jolly (R-FL 13).

Rep. Corinne Brown (D-FL 05) said she be­lieves the rul­ing vi­ol­ates the Vot­ing Rights Act by dis­en­fran­chising black voters, even though oth­er Demo­crats praised the de­cision, which said the state’s re­dis­trict­ing pro­cess had un­fairly be­ne­fit­ted Web­ster. Still, Brown said she would “go all the way to the United States Su­preme Court, deal­ing with mak­ing sure that Afric­an Amer­ic­ans are not dis­en­fran­chised.” (Roll Call)

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