New redistricting map could complicate Vern Buchanan’s re-election

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For the first time in more than a decade, all of Bradenton and Sarasota will be in one congressional district…

The new compromise map outlining Florida’s congressional district boundaries could complicate U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan’s re-election, with thousands of voters from Republican strongholds removed from his district and replaced by those in more Democratic areas, reorts Jeremy Wallace of the Herald-Tribune.

In shifting to the new boundaries, the Legislature backed away from another proposal outlined just two weeks ago that would have split Manatee and Sarasota down Interstate 75 and put Lakewood Ranch and the rest of east Manatee into a district centered nearly 70 miles away.

Under the plan poised to pass, all of Sarasota and most of Manatee County would be in one congressional district, which would be renumbered as the 16th District. The exception would be about 6,000 people living in Myakka City and extreme eastern Manatee. Those areas would be in a new 17th Congressional District, binding them with mostly rural farming communities in DeSoto, Hardee and Polk Counties.

There’s a lot more from Jeremy Wallace here.

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