Politico is reporting that Virginia’s congressional delegation has reached a redistricting deal that likely will ensure eight of the state’s 11 seats will remain Republican for the next decade.
You might ask how they can do that when the General Assembly has the final say on redistricting, but the article suggests that state legislators are likely to defer to a deal signed off on by congressmen from both parties.
The proposal would strengthen the hand of Democratic incumbent Jerry Connolly, who held on to his Northern Virginia seat by less that 1,000 votes in last year’s election. But it also would improve the chances of the three Republicans who replaced Democrats then.
The article contrasts the proposal with the recommendation of an independent bipartisan redistricting commission that released a plan that would put several Republican seats in play.