Democrats Get Major Boosts From Redistricting, Report Finds

( An analysis of recent national redistricting just revealed how the Democrats may have benefitted from recent border changes…but that even this good news might not be enough to help them maintain control of the House of Representatives and United States Senate in this year’s midterm elections.

Analysis from FiveThirtyEight reveal how, now that 25 states have finished their remapping of congressional district boundaries, there are now an additional six Democrat-leaning seats, and one less Republican-leaning seat. That’s bad news for Republicans. There are also four fewer “highly competitive seats” – making future elections slightly more predictable.

Interestingly, the fact that so many people are leaving Blue states for Red states, fleeing political persecution and COVID authoritarianism, the Democrats still benefitted from the creation of six more Democrat seats. Texas, Florida, and North Carolina were the top three states in gaining seats, while Illinois, New York, and California lost the most.

Two of the new Blue seats are in Illinois, which lost one seat total. The new maps mean that Republican Reps. Darin LaHood and Adam Kinzinger will need to primary one another to maintain their seat and Reps. Mike Bost and Mary Miller will need to do the same.

Oregon also has two new Democrat=leaning seats and has gained a district and a representative.

Many states have yet to propose new congressional maps, with Connecticut having already passed the deadline. The state has asked the Supreme Court to handle the redistricting to avoid partisan bickering, while other states are still deadlocked in debates over what proposed map they should adopt.

Even with these new Democrat-leaning states, however, the Democrats are heading towards a difficult midterm elections. Amidst a flurry of resignations of Democrat legislators, who would rather retire than lose, Democrats seem to know that Republicans could well sweep up in these upcoming elections and take back control of both chambers of Congress.