FLORIDA

Circuit Court Judge Approves Challengers’ Map Over House, Senate Plans

He rejected the boundaries of Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s district.

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Lisa Hagen and Kimberly Railey
Oct. 13, 2015, 8:44 a.m.

“Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis on Friday rejected the Florida Legislature's third attempt at redrawing its congressional districts and recommended a map proposed by the challengers to the Florida Supreme Court for its final review.”

“Lewis adopted the bulk of the map approved by lawmakers in the northern and central portions of the state but specifically rejected the proposed boundaries for seven districts, including" the district held by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-26), "potentially unseating at least three incumbents congressional candidates and opening the door for others.” (Tampa Bay Times)

“In a statement, [Rep. Corrine] Brown (D-05) said she opposed the ruling and called it a ‘blatant’ attempt to ‘disenfranchise minority voters in Congressional District 5.’ She said she would file a federal lawsuit alleging the proposed map violates the federal Voting Rights Act.” (Miami Herald)

Rep. Dan Webster's (R-10) “district backed [Mitt] Romney by 7.7 percentage points in 2012. Under the new lines, it would have broken for Obama by 22% points. Meanwhile, Webster's waging a battle to become U.S. House speaker and he might have a better shot of winning that, at least for the year, than his newly drawn seat.” (Politico)

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