Victims of redistricting so far: Two Dems, one Republican 

Today, the heavily Republican Missouri House voted to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of their congressional redistricting plan. The state Senate, which has a veto-proof GOP majority, is expected to follow suit.

Missouri is losing a seat, and the loser in the game of musical chairs is Rep. Russ Carnahan, D. His district is being divided up between Rep. William Lacy Clay, D, and three Republicans. Clay will now represent all of Saint Louis proper and a portion of Saint Louis County.

Carnahan becomes the third near-certain victim of this year's redistricting process, and the second (along with Rep. Jeff Landry, R-La.) to have his district abolished altogether. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., will not lose his district, but he lost so much Democratic turf under the new map that he will be an underdog for re-election, should he choose to run.

So far, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, and Oklahoma have all produced congressional maps that have been or are expected to become law.

The redistricting scoreboard so far: D-2, R+0.

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