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Schale: House congressional maps draw 9 hot spots

Democratic political consultant Steve Schale offers his summary of the impact of the House redistricting proposals for congressional seats on his blog.

His assessment from our read have been pretty spot on. He suggests that the maps draw nine hot spots where the current districts for incumbent congressmen change dramatically. He suggests there will be a handful of more competitive districts as the maps clearly set out "to preserve the seats held by Congresswoman Brown and Wilson, and Congressman Hastings. The district numbers are different, but the districts really aren't. And just like the Senate proposal, most of the House proposals have a Hispanic (in this case Puerto Rican) heavy Central Florida seat. There are also three Hispanic majority seats in South Florida.

"Also, roughly a dozen seat are virtually (if not actually) identical across each of the seven House plans, with another five that have only modest differences. Essentially, the maps are identical for the Panhandle and Southeast Florida are the same in every proposal.  The rest of the map has some pretty significant differences across the seven versions." The hot spots he identifies include the districts of current incumbents Southerland, Mica, Webster, Adams, Young, Buchanan, Rooney, West, and Rivera. More here.