Proposed New York map shakes up house races and deals a blow to Democrats

A court-appointed official in New York has released a redrawn map of the state’s congressional district that reverses a Democratic gerrymander and greatly improves Republicans’ ability to run in the upcoming midterm elections. The fair card also creates an awkward situation for incumbent House Democrats, some of whom may now be forced to face each other in the primary.

New York’s Democrats originally passed a map of congressional districts that aggressively manipulated district boundaries so Republicans would lose at least three House seats. The Democratic Party had been trying to offset gains Republicans had made in the red states, which could threaten the majority of the Democratic House of Representatives after this November’s midterm elections. But in April, New York’s highest court declared the democratic map unconstitutionalwhich ruled that it violated an amendment to the state’s constitution passed in 2014 to end partisan manipulation.

The court appointed a special master, Carnegie Mellon political scientist Jonathan Cervas, to draw a fair map. Cervás released his proposal on Monday, which includes eight competitive districts, compared to just three he estimated existed under the Democratic proposal.

Cervas’ map also attempts to fully compress as many districts as possible into congressional districts, resulting in only 15 separate districts compared to 34 separate districts on the Democrats’ map.

The new proposal would shake up several domestic breeds. Democrats had targeted Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican representing the Staten Island territory, by adding a heavily Democratic Brooklyn neighborhood to her district to increase her chances of flipping the seat. The new map undoes some of that change, leaving Malliotakis’ quarter a swing quarter.

Two powerful House Democrats, Reps Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, could face each other in a primary as their districts, which endanger Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Upper West Side, were combined into one district under the new proposal. Both are senior Democrats who head the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

There could be another showdown between newbie Democratic Representatives Mondaire Jones and Jamaal Bowman, whose districts would partially overlap.

Districts currently held by Democrats Tom Suozzi and Antonio Delgado and Republican Andrew Garbarino would each become more competitive than they currently are.

The draft map was released Monday to allow the public to comment before the final map is due on Friday. axios reported that Democrats don’t expect the map to change significantly by then.

The New York congressional primary is scheduled for August 23. Proposed New York map shakes up house races and deals a blow to Democrats

Laura Coffey

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