A Florida judge ruled last week in favor of a new congressional map that’s bad news for some of the state’s most popular—and moderate—members of Congress.
Freshman Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, in particular, will be pushed into double-digit Democratic territory if the state Supreme Court accepts Circuit Judge Terry Lewis’s selection of a new congressional map. And Democratic Rep. Gwen Graham might face even steeper odds to return to Congress in 2017 under the new map, which favors the opposite party in both of their districts.
Republican Rep. David Jolly’s district will also favor Democrats, with Jolly taking on a run for Senate instead of a try for reelection after it became apparent that the GOP would struggle in his new House district. And Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy’s district hasn’t changed much, but he was one of just a handful of House Democrats (along with Graham) to win districts that Mitt Romney carried in 2012, and now he has left that seat to run for the Senate, too.
If the latest map is adopted, Curbelo’s district will have changed the most from the draft maps that circulated in the legislature this summer after judges ordered lawmakers to redraw congressional boundaries more in line with the state’s “Fair District” rules.