Florida Legislature OKs new voting map for Congress

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The state Legislature has approved a new map for Florida’s congressional districts after a judge ruled that the former districts were drawn illegally to benefit Republicans.

The Republican-controlled Legislature on Monday voted largely along partisan lines to approve a new map that alters seven of the state’s 27 congressional districts.

The changes would make two seats slightly more competitive for Democrats. But it’s not certain the new districts will change Florida’s congressional delegation. Republicans currently hold a 17-10 edge.

Legislators held a three-day special session to fix the congressional map after a judge ruled that two districts were drawn illegally. Judge Terry Lewis gave legislators until this Friday to draw a new map.

The new districts may not be in place before the 2016 elections.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.