ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland General Assembly passed a new congressional map on Dec. 8 that sees some members in new districts and Democrats with a likely political advantage over the next 10 years.
After Governor Larry Hogan[R] vetoed the maps over gerrymandering concerns in favor of Democrats on Dec. 9, the Maryland General Assembly swiftly overrode Hogan’s veto to pass the map.
The new congressional map offered Democrats an advantage in seven congressional seats while making the state’s lone Republican district more competitive. With this information, many of the delegates and senators from the GOP believe this shift is gerrymandering.
“We have one Republican representative on the national level for us. We have a House dominated by the Democrats. We have a Senate dominated by the Democrats. We have two U.S. Senators that are Democrats. We have seven out of eight congressmen that are Democrats. And 35% of this state is Republican,” Del. Brian Chisholm [R-Anne Arundel] said.
Meanwhile, House members U.S. Representative Andy Harris[R] and U.S. Representative David Trone[D] are running districts they do not live in. We should note that candidates running for the U.S. House do not have to live in the district for which they are running.
However, Harris has suggested that the sudden relocation was another part of Democrats redrawing congressional maps to their advantage.
“It’s no coincidence that the only incumbent drawn out of his district is the Republican,” Harris said, “Another example of the extreme partisan gerrymandering that disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of Maryland Republicans.”
For Trone, he does not have an actual issue with the change. He believes that either way, it does not change his job. He still has high expectations for himself, according to a spokesperson.
“David Trone is very happy to represent his new constituents coming into the next term,” said Sasha Galbreath, the spokesperson via The Baltimore Sun. “We strongly believe we’ve done a fantastic job representing our district as it was and how it’ll continue to be.”
Although many have problems with the current maps, Governor Hogan and many of his Republican allies will continue to push for the maps to be reviewed in court.
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