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August 23, 2011

Jurrors and court workers, a cross section of Orange County, leave the Santa Ana, Calif. courthouse on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Surging Latino and Asian populations accounted for virtually all of California’s population growth over the last decade, new Census data shows.

Citizen Group Tasked With Redistricting Dramatically Changes California Map

By Lee Ross

Published August 23, 2011 | FoxNews.com

LOS ANGELES — California voters are in for quite a surprise when they head to the polls in 2012: competitive congressional elections and possibly unfamiliar names on the ballot.

A new electoral map drawn up by a panel of ordinary citizens and criticized as creating too many districts for minority representation has dramatically changed California’s political landscape. Members of Congress who’ve held their seats for years are now scrambling to figure out their political futures.

“We’re going to have more competitive elections in November than this state has seen, probably in two decades,” political expert Allen Hoffenblum told Fox News.

Hoffenblum says if the result of previous redistricting was that it protected incumbents, the error with the citizens’ map is that it is heavily skewed to racial demographics.

“We went from a political gerrymand to a racial gerrymand. That the commission became overly conscious of drawing seats on race. The Latino seats, the black seats, the Asian seats. And in the process of creating these districts based on race they divided counties, they divided cities and split cities.”

Republican Rep. David Dreier has held his southern California seat for more than 30 years. It now skews heavily toward the area’s Latino population that’s not part of his natural political base.

The most competitive races figure to be ones in which multiple incumbents will face off against each other. Depending on how the races develop that scenario could play out in half-a-dozen districts across the Golden State. Longtime incumbent Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman are now in the same district north of Los Angeles. Republican Reps. Ed Royce and Gary Miller could also face off in the new 39th District.

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One Comment
  1. August 23, 2011 10:00 AM

    It has been my understanding that Republicans believed the citizens redistricting group would be favorable to them. At the same time Mexican groups believed the redistricting would be favorable to them. There is every evidence that the group held no favoritism and that is what Californians wanted.

    No matter who does the redistricting someone will be unhappy. The San Fernando Valley is primarily Democratic but the area was reformed in a way that will most likely result in a Hispanic representative from the North East area. As to David Drier’s district, his current area is a gerrymandered district from La Crescenta to Upland but somehow skips Azusa.

    Growing minority populations means that many White representatives will have to find another way to make a living instead of going to Sacramento and Washington. The people have spoken!

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