A New York judge approved a map of Congress, leading to Democrats’ chaos

People fill out ballot papers while voting in the New York primaries at a polling site in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, US, June 22, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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May 21 (Reuters) – A New York judge has approved a new congressional map that pits two veteran Democratic candidates against each other and boosts the odds of Republicans winning more seats in November’s midterm elections, jeopardizing the Democrats’ fragile majority in the House of Representatives. .

Justice Patrick McAllister, a judge in rural Steuben County, signed off on the map just before midnight Friday, weeks after the New York Supreme Court ruled that a redistricting plan passed by the Democratic-controlled legislature had been unconstitutionally manipulated in the party’s favour.

The Democratic map likely gave the party control of 22 of the state’s 26 congressional seats this fall, counterbalancing similar party maps passed in Republican-dominated states like Florida, Georgia and Texas.

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Republicans need to flip just five seats in November to win a majority in the House, which would enable them to derail much of President Joe Biden’s agenda.

The court-appointed special guru who drew the new map, Jonathan Servas, said in a court filing that his plan creates eight competitive districts, along with 15 Democratic-leaning seats and three Republican-leaning seats.

The map merged Manhattan counties Jerrold Nadler and Caroline Maloney, who each served in the House of Representatives for 30 years, and now appears headed toward what will be an expensive and famous first battle in August.

In Westchester County, north of New York, the homes of two first-term black Democratic congressmen, Mundir Jones and Jamal Bowman, were stormed into the same area.

Meanwhile, Sean Patrick Maloney, chair of the Democratic congressional national campaign arm, said this week he would run in a new district that holds most of Jones’s current seats, angering many of Jones’ allies who said he would have to run. against Maloney or Bowman.

But Jones said early Saturday that he would instead run in the new 10th District, which includes parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Former New York City major Bill de Blasio has announced his intention to run for the district, which is expected to attract a crowded field of candidates. Read more

The new map represents a bitterly disappointing outcome for Democrats, who have used their legislative majority to push through an aggressively aggressive maker. But after Republicans filed a lawsuit, the courts ruled that the Democratic map contravened the 2014 constitutional amendment to remove partisanship from redistricting.

Servas said he has reviewed thousands of comments since the draft version was released on Monday and made some changes, including reuniting several black and Asian American communities in New York City he had originally split.

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Prepared by Joseph Axe. Editing by Daniel Wallis

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