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How Redistribution Kills Competition for House Seats |


– In Florida, Republicans are considering turning Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s seat into a safe GOP neighborhood.

–Democrats are concerned that Kansas Republicans are targeting Rep. Sharice Davids, who ousted a Republican in 2018 in the western suburbs of Kansas City.

– In New York City, several moderate Republicans, including upstate John Katko and Staten Island’s Nicole Malliotakis, may see their swivel seats change

– In Virginia, the proposed new maps eliminate the district of a prominent moderate Democrat, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, although overall they maintain the same number of competitive districts in the state.

But no state is likely to surpass Texas, which has turned as many as nine competitive seats into safe seats. It was part of an explicit strategy by Republicans who anxiously watched their state become a Congressional battleground.

Democrats won two House seats in the 2018 election, then fought the GOP last year. With the state’s growth fueled by voters of color leaning toward Democrats, Republicans drew a map that would lock in their gains and avoid having to worry about the Texas seats. The card has spurred a court challenge from the Biden administration, alleging that the restrictive plan dilutes Latino votes, especially in the Dallas area.