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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Redistricting 2011: Iowa

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

At Daily Kos, I've been posting a series of diaries taking an early
look at redistricting after the 2010 Census in each state. ... The
redistricting process in Iowa should be among the least contentious in
the nation, with an independent commission redrawing the lines. Of
course, Iowa is expected to lose a seat in reapportionment, bringing
its total down to four (for a Midwestern state that once had 11
districts, it is quite a sobering development to now be on par with
Nevada, Utah, and Kansas in population). Mapmakers last had to
eliminate a seat after the 1990 Census, and back then they opted to
pit freshman Republican Rep. Jim Nussle against Democratic Rep. Dave
Nagle in a competitive eastern Iowa district. It is widely assumed
that their solution this round will be a race between Dem Leonard
Boswell of Des Moines and Republican Tom Latham of Ames, and my map
reflects that conventional wisdom.

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