Democrats Seem To Take Advantage In Residential Areas In California | Texas News

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP political writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California Democrats appear to have gained the benefit of an overhaul of the state’s congressional districts, with limits that could strengthen their grip on delegation and play a role in the fight for control of the United States House next year.

Still, the new maps have left a streak of competitive seats that make California an outlier in a nation with deeply divided politics: Even though it is a Democratic stronghold, the new maps suggest Republicans could reserve surprises.

Democrats are defending a fragile eight-seat House majority in a midterm election, when the party that controls the White House typically loses seats in Congress and President Joe Biden’s approval ratings are fragile.

Redistribution fights have unfolded across the country, as Democrats and Republicans seek an advantage in future elections. The Justice Department recently sued Texas over its new riding cards, saying the plans discriminate against Latinos and other minority voters.

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While California loses a seat for the first time in its history because the populations of other states are growing faster, Texas, Florida, Colorado, and North Carolina are among the states winning seats.

An analysis from the Sacramento Redistricting Partners research firm found that 44 of California House’s new districts were believed to have been worn by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newson in his 2018 election, and 45 of the districts leaned for the then-candidate for Biden in the 2020 presidential race.

That’s an encouraging sign for Democrats, who hope to gain traction in California in 2022 after ceding four House seats to Republicans in 2020. Democrats hold 42 of the 53 seats in the State House delegation – the largest delegation by far to Congress.

The revised lines were approved on Monday by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, which has been tasked with drawing new districts to accommodate population changes, a requirement that occurs once every decade. Each district should represent 760,000 people.

Republican National Committee spokeswoman Hallie Balch said the panel created “promenade districts” for most Democrats.

“The California redistribution committee has completely lost track of the people who reside in the districts they drew,” Balch said in a statement. “These lines are a disappointing end to a long-standing battle for representation.”

Representative Mike Garcia, a Republican who saw his district north of Los Angeles deprived of the wealthy Republican community of Simi Valley, said: “The commission showed it was not acting independently when it drew all Democratic incumbents in more secure seats while five of the 11 most vulnerable Republican neighborhoods.

“I know we will win in this new neighborhood anyway,” Garcia wrote on Twitter.

First-term Democratic Representative Sara Jacobs on Tuesday announced she would run for re-election in the new 51st District next year, while Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican, said he would run for office in the new 48th district.

The 51st District of San Diego County includes portions of the two representatives’ current districts.

The reshuffling of district boundaries has already resulted in changes in delegation.

Longtime California Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress, announced Monday that she will not seek re-election in her Los Angeles-area district. The 80-year-old Democrat MP’s decision came as her district was largely dismantled by the commission.

The shifting of district boundaries appears to have played a role in other departures from the House. Among them: Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, who was one of former President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters in Congress, is leaving the House at the end of this year to join Trump’s fledgling media company, and Rep. Democrat Alan Lowenthal, who represents a district anchored in Long Beach, south of Los Angeles, has announced he will retire when his term ends.

The ripple effects continue and some candidates for key races may move to neighboring districts in search of a more favorable political climate. Republican U.S. Rep. Young Kim and Michelle Steel, who won all or part of Democratic seats in Orange County in 2020, have yet to announce their plans.

However, the shifting lines had little effect on the state’s renowned names in the House. The predominantly Democratic district of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, anchored in San Francisco, has remained predominantly Democratic. The district of Bakersfield-anchored Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy has become more firmly Republican in the new maps.

As attention focused on California’s loss of a seat in Congress, analysts said the legislative maps drawn for 40 state senators and 80 members of the state assembly marked big wins. for Democrats.

The cards essentially lock in Democratic qualified majorities for the next 10 years, said Rob Pyers, research director of the non-partisan California Target Book, which is closely following the redistribution.

Republicans have been on the brink in the strong Democratic state for years, and Democrats control all state offices and dominate the legislature and congressional delegations. Republicans make up less than a quarter of registered voters and have lost their support in what were once Republican-leaning suburbs, said Mitchell, of Redistricting Partners.

The new lines will have a “chilling effect” on Republican hopes of gaining ground in the Legislature, Mitchell said.

The new lines also recognize the growing diversity of the state.

Mitchell said Latinos, California’s largest racial or ethnic group, now make up the majority in 16 House districts. Three districts include areas with a large Asian population, and two do the same for communities with large numbers of black residents.

The boundaries of the Fresno area districts represented by Democratic Representative Jim Costa and Republican Representatives David Valadao and Devin Nunes have changed significantly. Costa announced on Tuesday that he would run in the new 21st District, anchored in the Central Valley.

Associated Press Writer Don Thompson in Sacramento contributed.

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