Redistricting Update 

Indiana Republicans drew themselves a kinder map (expected GOP gain of one seat, and Democratic loss of one). Arkansas Democrats, on the other hand, adopted a map that puts one Republican on slightly more shaky ground, but may have no effect in the coming election. Their map, which includes an strange arch-shaped district in the state's northwest, might have no effect in the coming election, but it probably sets the stage for future GOP dominance of the state's congressional delegation after Rep. Mike Ross, D, retires.

In Missouri, which loses one seat, there's been a bit more drama. Gov. Jay Nixon, D, has just vetoed a map that unites Saint Louis City into one district and creates an odd-looking Kansas City-area seat in the west. This map eliminates Rep. Russ Carnahan, D, whose urban-suburban Saint Louis district is split up between the under-populated neighboring district of Rep. William Lacy Clay, D, and three Republican districts. Unless Republican can override Nixon's veto, the map could end up being drawn by a court. The map would need 13 more votes in the House than it got last time around, when seven Republicans were absent.

Still, thanks to nearly 10 percent population loss in Saint Louis, it is hard to see how any map, even if drawn by a court, could preserve a seat for Carnahan. But he could get a more or a less friendly Republican-leaning district to run in.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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