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Florida Proposed Redistricting Map Removes Gerrymandered Seats, Gives Republicans 20-8 Advantage and 4 New U.S. Congress Seats

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Is Florida on the verge of becoming a solid red state for years to come?

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida lawmakers are moving to pass a redistricting map that gets rid of previous gerrymandered seats and gives Republicans a 20 to 8 advantage.

The new map proposed by DeSantis would give the GOP four new seats in the U.S. Congress.

Democrats threatened legal challenges to the redistricting map, Creative Loafing reports.

Democrats, meanwhile, said the once-a-decade redistricting process has gone “extreme partisan” and threatened legal challenges.

State lawmakers will return to Tallahassee next week for a special session after DeSantis vetoed a congressional map passed during this year’s regular session. Senate Reapportionment Chairman Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, found the plan released Wednesday by the governor’s office more than acceptable.

“After thoroughly reviewing the governor’s submission and a discussion with our legal counsel, I have determined that the governor’s map reflects standards the Senate can support,” Rodrigues wrote in a memo to senators.

Rodrigues said the “proposal comes following meaningful discussions with our Senate legal counsel” and that he had been brief Tuesday by the governor’s staff on the design.

Ryan Newman, general counsel for DeSantis, said in a letter Wednesday to Rodrigues that the proposal incorporated pieces of earlier maps recommended by the governor’s office. Newman’s letter said the proposal “eliminates the racially gerrymandered” Congressional District 5, which currently stretches from Jacksonville to west of Tallahassee, and makes changes to districts in the Tampa region.

The governor’s proposal would go along with new lines that the Legislature pitched for the Panhandle and Southeast Florida.

District 5 in North Florida has spurred the most controversy, as it was drawn in the past to help elect a Black candidate. It is held by U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, a Black Democrat.

Anthony Sabatini joined The War Room on Thursday to discuss this proposed map. Sabatini says this is expected to be passed next Wednesday.

“This gets rid of the Democrat advantage in one day,” Sabatini stated.

Anthony Sabatini is running for Congress in Florida in 2022.

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