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New TN redistricting maps would give GOP advantage

January 5th, 2012 9:58 am by Brandon Gee

New TN redistricting maps would give GOP advantage

NASHVILLE — Republicans in control of the Tennessee General Assembly proposed new district maps on Wednesday that would create five new open seats in Middle Tennessee and present steep challenges for Democrats across the state.

Lawmakers did not unveil a new map for Tennessee’s congressional districts, but Speaker of the House Beth Harwell promised that would happen by the end of the week.

Reflecting state population growth that was concentrated in Middle Tennessee, the new maps would create several new districts in the region that do not have incumbents. Since the total number of seats in the legislature remains unchanged, the new open seats here and in other parts of the state come at the expense of lawmakers — mostly Democrats, including existing and rising leaders — who have been lumped together in redrawn districts.

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