Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Congressional Districts: Jim Cooper is Safe

The new map of redrawn Congressional districts has been unveiled and the big news is that Jim Cooper is safe. I had hoped that the Fifth Congressional District would be redrawn to create a district where Republicans could compete but that did not happen.

The 2010 census revealed that three of Tennessee’s districts deviated from their ideal population of 705,123 by more than 80,000 people. Federal law requires that congressional districts be exactly equal in population. The new proposed maps create more compact, less sprawling districts correcting decades of illogical gerrymandering by the Democratic‐led legislatures. The new maps divide fewer counties.

To see a map of the current Congressional districts click here and then click "Congressional District Maps."  To see the new proposed districts click here.

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