Proposed congressional maps could give Dems an edge in Virginia, but shift Luria’s seat to the right


FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2019 file photo, Rep Abigail Spanberger D-Va., left, and Rep Elaine Luria. D-Va., walk at the Capitol in Washington. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has decided to endorse 23 freshmen House Democrats in this fall’s elections. The move represents a gesture of bipartisanship by the nation’s largest business organization, which has long leaned strongly toward Republicans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP/WAVY) — Draft maps for new congressional districts in Virginia would provide Democrats a strong chance to win a majority of the state’s 11 seats, but they also draw Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger out of her Richmond-area district.

The maps released Wednesday were prepared by two special masters — one each nominated by Democrats and Republicans — in accordance with an order from the Supreme Court of Virginia.

The court has stepped in to draw the maps after a new bipartisan redistricting commission failed to agree on maps for either Congress or the General Assembly.

Spanberger represents a swing district in central Virginia.

That district would be re-centered in heavily Democratic Prince William county under the new proposal.

However, The Hill also reports the maps would dramatically redraw the district in and around the Virginia Beach area, possibly putting the district currently held by Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Norfolk) more at play for Republicans.

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