A federal court has redrawn the map in 11 contested districts in the House of Delegates. This will mean Republicans stand to lose 5 or 6 seats in the House, including the seat of Speaker Kirk Cox and Appropriations Chair Chris Jones. The court order:
VPAP.org has compiled maps of the new districts here.
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Republicans currently have 51 seats and Democrats have 48 pending the outcome of a Feb. 19 special election. All 100 House seats are up for election in November. If the map survives Republican legal appeals and takes effect, it could tilt five to six GOP-held districts toward Democrats.
“It would nearly guarantee a Democratic takeover of the House of Delegates,” said Larry Sabato, head of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.
Under this plan House Speaker Kirk Cox’s district would have a democrat shift of 32%. Chris Cox would see a 27.4% democrat shift in his district.
More from RTD:
In a statement, Cox said Republicans will continue their legal battle to defend the existing House map, and “are prepared to defend and rebuild our majority in the House” regardless of the outcome.
“The Eastern District Court selected a series of legally indefensible redistricting modules that attempts to give Democrats an advantage at every turn,” Cox said. “The modules selected by the Court target senior Republicans, myself included, without a substantive basis in the law.”
With House Republicans controlling the House by a very small margin, 51% to 48%, the redistricting could easily flip the House to Democrat control.
It is likely the Republicans will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.