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Virginia Supreme Court approves new lines for key swing districts

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The Supreme Court of Virginia approved a final version of the state’s redistricting maps on Tuesday. 

In a press release, the court announced that it had “unanimously approved maps establishing congressional and state legislative districts.”

The court’s order added that the maps, which are drawn once per decade after census results are completed, were “approved and adopted and, effective immediately.”

“The Final Redistricting Maps prepared by the Special Masters are fully compliant with constitutional and statutory law applied, as the Court directed, in an apolitical and nonpartisan manner,” the order said.

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The maps were prepared by two “special masters,” representatives nominated from each party, as well as after “extensive public comment,” the order added. 

The Supreme Court was tasked with approving the maps after a bipartisan redistricting commission could not agree on new maps for Congress or the General Assembly, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

Dave Wasserman, an analyst with the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, tweeted that the map was “quite different from the special masters’ first proposal.”

Wasserman said that Rep. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerBiden setbacks rattle Democrats facing tough elections Pelosi faces pushback over stock trade defense Planned Parenthood endorses nearly 200 House incumbents ahead of midterms MORE (D) finds herself in a more “tenuous” district, while Rep. Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonProposed Virginia maps put rising-star House Democrats at risk The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Rising prices undercut Biden agenda Virginia emerging as ground zero in battle for House majority MORE (D) is in a “safe” one and Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaProposed Virginia maps put rising-star House Democrats at risk Abortion rights group endorsing 12 House Democrats Group aligned with House GOP leadership targeting nine Democrats on spending vote MORE (D) is “still very vulnerable.”

Virginia is expected to be a contentious battleground state in next year’s race for the House majority.

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