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Proposed congressional districts would protect Republicans – Riverside, California

Riverside, California 2021-09-27 15:23:39 –

Texas has won two new seats in parliament over the last decade, largely based on population growth driven by colored races. This is what legislators want them to look like.

Houston — Texas Congressman on Monday Released the first draft of a new parliamentary map A metropolitan area with a diverse population that has helped much of the state’s population growth over the next decade, including two new districts in Austin and Houston.

While many incumbents look safe on these maps, other incumbents have been drawn into overlapping districts. For example, the proposed map confronts Houston Republican Dunk Renshaw with Democrat Sylvia Garcia. It also puts two Houston Democrats (Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee) in conflict with each other.

The map was proposed by R-Houston, Senator Joan Huffman, who heads the Chamber of Commerce’s constituency change committee.

Democrats, who have lost power for decades, have tried to make state elections more competitive, but by redrawing a map of Congress, Republicans have the opportunity to secure their dominance for another decade. Can be obtained.

Texas’ current 36-seat parliamentary delegation consists of 23 Republicans and 13 Democrats. In the 2020 presidential election, 22 voted for Trump and 14 voted for Biden. However, in that election, half of the entire delegation was relatively close, and neither candidate received more than 60% of the votes across the district. These numbers show intensifying competition between the two political parties in the state.

Under the new map, Texas will have 38 seats.

Huffman’s first 38 district proposals widened the gap between political parties, creating 25 districts that voted for Trump in 2020 and 13 districts that voted for Biden. Fifteen of the 38 districts would have been relatively close in the election. That is, neither candidate received more than 60% of the votes across the district.

The racial composition of the parliamentary map is also expected to change as Texas adds two new parliamentary seats, primarily driven by colored races, based on population growth over the last decade. The current map includes 22 white-majority districts, eight Hispanic-majority districts, one black-majority district, and five non-majority districts.

The newly proposed map includes 23 white-majority districts, 7 Hispanic-majority districts, no black-majority districts, and 8 non-majority districts. increase.

This is just the first draft of the map and is subject to change before it passes through the Texas Capitol and Governor Greg Abbott signs the law.

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