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Another in my series of new maps. The actual Virginia map has 5 Obama 08 districts out of 11; this one has 7. Obama districts in bold.

1) Fredericksburg-Williamsburg (blue). A GOP-leaning swing district along the east coast of the state, including the Delmarva peninsula, but it includes fast-growing Democratic parts of Prince William County. A tough race for a Dem but not out of reach.
2) Norfolk-Virginia Beach (green). A compact Dem-leaning district. Rigell lives here and could probably pull it out here, but it's about 7 points more Dem than the current permutation.
3) Richmond-Emporia (purple). Plurality black and strongly Democratic.
4) Chesapeake-Newport News (red). A Dem-leaning district that crosses the James River. About 8 points more Democratic than the actual 4th.
5) Charlottesville-Roanoke (yellow). Similar to the district Tom Perriello won in 2008, but about 3 points more Democratic. Cuccinelli probably beat McAuliffe here; a district that's bound to be volatile. Probably a Romney district in 2012.
6) Bedford-Harrisonburg (dark teal). Very similar to Goodlatte's current district.
7) Culpeper-Ashland (gray). A strongly Republican district anchored by Richmond's conservative suburbs.
8) Alexandria-Benton (lavender). A Democratic district in the DC suburbs.
9) Blacksburg-Bristol (light blue). A very Republican southwest Virginia district.
10) Winchester-Reston (pink). Outer suburbs of northern Virginia, including Manassas and Leesburg. About 4 points more Democratic than the current permutation, and probably a McAuliffe district.
11) Arlington-Fairfax. A very Democratic district in the DC suburbs.

The numbers:

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  •  Good map (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    James Allen, Stephen Wolf

    One thing: the purple district has to be majority-minority.

    23 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); 08/12 PVIs

    by wwmiv on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 03:43:52 PM PST

  •  When the Democrats control all 3 branches (1+ / 0-)
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    We need to have the federal government take over the redistricting process, with boundaries drawn as much as possible to follow existing political boundaries and geographical barriers such as rivers and mountain chains, keeping existing communities together as much as possible.  I see nothing in the Constitution that forbids the federal government from taking over this process, Article I Sec. 4 for example giving Congress residual power over the states to prescribe the manner of holding elections.  

    The Founders intended the House to represent the voice of the people, but with extreme gerrymandering it does not.  My own district, the Maryland 3rd, is the most gerrymandered district in the country, shaped like a multi tentacled octopus.  

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 03:53:35 PM PST

    •  Is redistricting done by the state (0+ / 0-)

      legislature? If so, even controlling the state's executive branch (governor, lt. governor, and AG) wouldn't help in this regard. What's the composition of the VA legislature?

      "'Patriotism' is the last refuge of a scoundrel" - Samuel Johnson, 1775

      preborner: (n.) one who believes that the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth.

      by 1BQ on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 04:33:42 PM PST

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  •  You might be interested in trying my DRA template (4+ / 0-)

    which you can find here: https://docs.google.com/...

    All you do is download it, then copy and paste your "save cd data as .csv" info into it and it produces one of these:
     photo MarylandDem7-1Summary_zps43e5f7fc.png

    Otherwise neat map. The only thing though is that generally a black VRA district like the 3rd has to be over 50% black by voting age population (VAP), not just plurality. I think that's kind of unnecessary for a district like VA-03, but that's what the jurisprudence is.

  •  i don't g (0+ / 0-)

    I don't get what your table is about, could you explain what's in the columns?

    •  I'll explain, being a veteran DRA user (0+ / 0-)

      BO 08 - Obama's '08 performance

      '08 PVI - The Partisan Voting Index - the district's partisan lean compared to the average for that year

      General - General Democrat scores, averaged across several elections

      WH - White

      BL - Black

      HI - Hispanic

      AS - Asian

      British guy with a big interest in US politics; Economic Left/Right: -3.62, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.13.

      by General Goose on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 01:39:31 AM PST

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  •  Benton, Virginia? (0+ / 0-)

    No such place in Northern Virginia.  Maybe you meant Springfield, Mt. Vernon, or Woodbridge, to name a few?

    38, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

    by Mike in MD on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 02:43:57 PM PST

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