Maps of Mid-Decade Virginia Senate Redistricting (UPDATE 4X)

Using the bill provided by Not Larry Sabato I have been able to create some preliminary maps of the mid-decade redistricting currently before the House of Delegates, passed today by the State Senate.

First is State Senate District 25, where Democratic Sen. Creigh Deeds has been moved into a district containing heavily Republican Augusta County. (The new district and overlap turf is actually numbered 24 now, but it can be considered the “successor” to Deeds’ district.)
SD25_2

UPDATE 7:15PM: Also targeted is Senate District 39, where State Senator George Barker narrowly won a district stretching from Alexandria City through southern Fairfax County into Prince William County. Republicans traded heavily Democratic areas of Alexandria and Fairfax County and swapped them for more precarious turf previously in SD37. Clifton-based Barker picks up large sections of the communities of West Springfield, Centreville, and Chantilly.
SD39

UPDATE 7:35PM: Using official shapefile released by Virginia Division of Legislative Services, see this Google map of new districts. Click each district for information.


UPDATE 9:24PM
: The following table shows the proportions of new State Senate Districts as proposed by the Senate Republicans by current State Senate district. Of the 6,147,347 voting age people in Virginia in Census 2010, 2,776,292 would be moved into a new district.

UPDATE JAN 22 5:45PM: See update for precinct-level map of 2012 returns with race data that clearly shows the racial geography that informed creation of new VRA-compliant districts. Click below for full-size version.
SD_VAPrecinctSmall

3 Comments

  1. Posted January 21, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Clarification?

    Is the gold area (basically Augusta County) being added to the 25th Senate District, with the rest remaining the same? Or are the blue areas in the map above (including the City of Charlottesville) being removed from the 25th District and redistributed to other districts?

  2. FreeDem
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    What’s up with the racial demographics?

    The new Republican substitute created a 6th minority-majority State Senate district. The Governor’s nonpartisan redistricting commission had previously concluded that a 6th minority-majority State Senate district was not possible, but noted that an additional minority-majority House of Delegates district was possible.

    This lead me to believe that the Republicans managed to create a 6th minority-majority State Senate district by distorting the definition of the term. But instead it looks like they not only created a true 6th minority-majority district, but did so and increased the African-American populations in the other minority-majority districts at the same time.

    If it was so easy to create a 6th District why didn’t anyone, from the independent commission to the multiple student commissions to the range of folks playing around with redistricting online at Daily Kos or Swing State project, or the Justice Department themselves conclude that a 6th district was possible and could comply with the VRA?

  3. Appalled
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    It appears that the Republicans also took aim at John Edwards. The 21st now no longer contains the northern half of Montgomery County, including the heavily Democrat-leaning areas around Blacksburg; instead they swapped that for all of Wythe, Bland, and Pulaski Counties, and put all of Montgomery together in William Stanley’s 20th district.

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  4. [...] I have updated my previous visualization of 2012 polling-place returns in Virginia that showed a serious racial divide between diverse precincts and white precincts to include the mid-decade district lines rammed through the State Senate on Monday. See previous for comparison maps and old to new district redistribution figures. [...]

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