Election News

Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin to Run for U.S. Senate

Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin said Saturday that he will run in the state's special U.S. Senate election this year. Mullin joins what is likely to be a crowded GOP primary field looking to succeed Sen. Jim Inhofe (R) who announced his retirement on Friday.

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Mullin is in his fifth term representing the Oklahoma's 2nd district, which runs the length of the eastern part of the state. This deep red - even by Oklahoma standards - district was little changed in redistricting; Donald Trump defeated Joe Biden by 54% in both configurations.

Mullin's House counterpart, Rep. Kevin Hern (R, OK-01) is expected to enter the Senate race this week. 

44 House members, more than 10% of the 435-member chamber, have now announced they are retiring or seeking another office. There are 30 Democrats and 14 Republicans on the list; Hern would be number 15. 

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe to Retire at Year End; Special Election in November

Jim Inhofe announced Friday that he will retire from the U.S. Senate at the end of the year. The Oklahoma Republican, now 87, was elected to his 6th term in 2020.

A special election to complete the remaining four years of Inhofe's term will take place concurrent with the November midterm elections. As Inhofe is remaining in the Senate until the end of this Congress, no interim appointment will be needed.

The move means both of the state's U.S. Senate seats are on the ballot this year. In the regularly-scheduled election, Republican Sen. James Langford will be seeking his 3rd term.

The primary is June 28, with a runoff August 23 for races where no candidate gets a majority of the vote. In a state as red as Oklahoma, the Republican nominee is all but certain to be the winner in November.

To that end, a number of high-profile candidates are expected to compete for the nomination. According to Politico, that includes "Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, who has increased his national profile over the past two years. There’s also state Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon, who ran for the state’s open Senate seat in 2014, and former U.S. Attorney Trent Shore. Reps. Markwayne Mullin and Kevin Hern are viewed as likely contenders, as well."

The special election seat will be added to the 2022 Senate Interactive Map in the days ahead.

Redistricting Update: Courts Set New Maps in North Carolina and Pennsylvania

Congressional redistricting is now complete in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The 2022 House Interactive Map has been updated with shapes for the 31 total districts in these two states. 

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PennsylvaniaThe State Supreme Court took over the redistricting process after the Republican-controlled legislature and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf couldn't agree on a plan. After considering over a dozen maps, it implemented one drawn by Jonathon Rodden, a Stanford professor and redistricting expert. Rodden went with a 'least change' approach, although some change was unavoidable given the state is losing a district. According to FiveThirtyEight, "The new map drops one Republican-leaning seat to leave eight Republican-leaning seats, six Democratic-leaning seats and three highly competitive seats."

The lost seat is creating a GOP 'double booking' in the new District 9, where both Rep. Dan Meuser (current PA-09) and Fred Keller (PA-12) are going to seek reelection. They will face off for the party's nomination in the state's May 17 primary.

The current congressional delegation is evenly split 9-9, largely due to a court-ordered redistricting prior to the 2018 election.

North Carolina: A panel of three judges selected the Interim Congressional Plan drawn by court-appointed Special Masters. It discards an amended map approved last week by the State Legislature. The Legislature's initial map was thrown out by the State Supreme Court earlier this month.

The ruling only specified that the map be used for the 2022 elections, so even if the now-enacted map survives a Republican appeal to the State Supreme Court, the process may repeat itself for 2024. That will not be new for a state that had mid-cycle congressional districting before both the 2016 and 2020 elections.

Republicans hold an 8-5 edge in the current delegation. The state is gaining a district due to population growth over the past decade. According to the New York Times, the new map "appeared to split North Carolina’s congressional districts roughly equally between Republicans and Democrats, in a state where voters are divided evenly along partisan lines. It gives each party six relatively safe House seats and makes the remaining two winnable by either side."

The Remaining States

Six states, with 67 total districts, have not completed redistricting.  Florida's 28 districts account for almost 42% of the total.

State (Districts) Comments
Florida (28) The state is gaining a district. The state Senate overwhelming approved a plan. A redistricting subcommittee in the state House has advanced its own map; it has not yet been voted on by the full chamber. The process was temporarily put on hold after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) asked the Florida Supreme Court to provide an advisory opinion on whether District 5, the only Black opportunity district in the northern part of the state, must remain largely intact. On February 10, the Court ruled that it would not provide such an opinion. DeSantis has submitted two maps of his own and is threatening to veto any map that doesn't split District 5.
Louisiana (6) A map approved by the Republican-led Legislature is now with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. The new plan largely maintains the status quo including, notably, a single majority-Black district.  Democrats, including Edwards, favor the addition of a second majority-minority district given that Blacks now comprise about 33% of the state's population. If the governor vetoes the map - he has until March 14 to decide - a two-thirds vote in each chamber would be required to override.
Missouri (8) The Missouri Senate has tabledmap, passed by the state House, that largely maintains the status quo 6-2 Republican edge. Some conservatives in the Senate have pushed for a more aggressive map that would 'crack' Kansas City. This would likely yield a 7-1 map, as that scenario would make it much more difficult for Democrat Emanuel Cleaver to hold his seat.
New Hampshire (2) The Republican-controlled state House approved a map that would make District 1 more favorable for the party. The Senate has not yet taken action; GOP Gov. Chris Sununu has asked that chamber to modify the House map to make both districts more competitive
Ohio (15) The state is losing a district. Returned to the incomplete list after the State Supreme Court invalidated the enacted plan, calling it an unconstitutional Republican gerrymander. The Legislature was unsuccessful in its attempt to redraw the map, punting the effort to the Ohio Redistricting Commission. The Commission has until mid-March to draw a new map.
Wisconsin (8) In November, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed the map passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, passing the process to the State Supreme Court. The Court held a daylong hearing last month to consider various proposals. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "[t]he two getting the most scrutiny are the Republican-controlled state Legislature’s maps and the maps from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers."

Live Results: Connecticut and Kentucky State House Special Elections

This week we're following elections to fill State House vacancies in Connecticut and Kentucky. 

Connecticut State House District 71

Democrats hold a sizeable 96-53 majority over Republicans in the Connecticut State House. There are two vacancies. The vacancy in District 5 will be contested next Tuesday. Members serve two year terms; the next regularly scheduled elections are in November. These will be contested using redistricted boundaries.

District 71 is located in the west central part of the state, and includes Middlebury and parts of Waterbury. The previous incumbent, Republican Anthony D'Amelio, retired December 31 after 25 years in office. In 2018, the last contested election here, D'Amelio won by 59% to 37% over his Democratic challenger.

The party nominees are Republican William Pizzuto and Democrat John Egan. Polls close at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.

Kentucky State House District 42

Republicans hold a 75-24 advantage over Democrats in the Kentucky State House. Tuesday's election will fill the only current vacancy. Members serve two year terms; the next regularly scheduled elections are in November. These will be contested using redistricted boundaries.

District 42 is based in Louisville. Long-time Democratic incumbent Reginald Meeks retired at the end of 2021. In 2018, the last contested election here, Meeks defeated Republican Judy Stallard by 89% to 11%.

Stallard is back on the ballot in this special election. She is opposed by Democrat Keturah Herron. Polls close at 6:00 PM Eastern Time.

Upcoming

Next Tuesday is the Texas primary, the first nominating event for the November midterms on the 2022 Election Calendar. The state gained two congressional districts after the Census; this will be the first opportunity for voters to cast ballots using the redistricted boundaries. Statewide races include governor, where Gov. Greg Abbott (R) will be seeking renomination for a third term in office.

  • March 1
    • Texas Primary
    • Connecticut State House District 5 Special Election
    • Michigan State House Districts 15, 36, 43, and 74 Special Primaries
  • March 5
    • Delaware State House District 4 Special Election
  • March 8
    • Florida State House District 88 Special Election
    • Florida State Senate District 33 Special Election
    • South Carolina State House District 97 Special Primary
  • March 22
    • New York State Assembly District 43 Special Election
    • South Carolina State House District 18 Special Primary
  • March 26
    • Louisiana State House District 101 Special Primary
  • March 29
    • South Carolina State Senate District 31 Special Election
  • April 5
    • California U.S. House District 22 Special Primary
    • California State Assembly Districts 11, 62, and 80 Special Primaries
    • Georgia State House District 45 Special Election
    • Milwaukee Mayor Special Election
    • Pennsylvania State House Districts 19, 24, and 116 Special Elections

Redistricting Update: Rhode Island Finalized; 8 States Remain Incomplete

On Friday, Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee (D) signed the congressional redistricting bill advanced to his desk by the Legislature. The map is little-changed from the one in place over the past decade.

Democrats, who completely controlled the redistricting process, did not take advantage of an opportunity to improve the partisan lean of District 2, where incumbent Jim Langevin (D) is retiring. Although it strongly favors Democrats, the district is somewhat more competitive than District 1. Republicans, who haven't won a U.S. House seat in the state since 1992, will attempt to contest it this year. Former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is the most well-known of several Republicans to jump into the race.

Rhode Island shapes have been added to the 2022 House Interactive Map.

Eight states, with 98 districts, remain incomplete. This includes North Carolina, where the Legislature has passed a new congressional map to replace the one thrown out by the State Supreme Court as a partisan gerrymander. A three-judge panel has until this Wednesday to rule on the constitutionality of the new plan. Candidate filing, suspended by the prior court action, is scheduled to resume on February 24. 

State (Districts) Comments
Florida (28) The state is gaining a district. The state Senate overwhelming approved a plan. A redistricting subcommittee in the state House has advanced its own map; it has not yet been voted on by the full chamber. The process was temporarily put on hold after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) asked the Florida Supreme Court to provide an advisory opinion on whether District 5, the only Black opportunity district in the northern part of the state, must remain largely intact. On February 10, the Court ruled that it would not provide such an opinion. DeSantis has submitted two maps of his own and is threatening to veto any map that doesn't split District 5.
Louisiana (6) A map approved by the Republican-led Legislature is now with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. The new plan largely maintains the status quo including, notably, a single majority-Black district.  Democrats, including Edwards, favor the addition of a second majority-minority district given that Blacks now comprise about 33% of the state's population. If the governor vetoes the map, a two-thirds vote in each chamber would be required to override.
Missouri (8) The Missouri Senate has tabled discussions on a map, passed by the state House, that largely maintains the status quo 6-2 Republican edge. Some conservatives in the Senate have pushed for a more aggressive map that would 'crack' Kansas City. This would likely yield a 7-1 map, as that scenario would make it much more difficult for Democrat Emanuel Cleaver to hold his seat.
New Hampshire (2) The Republican-controlled state House approved a map that would make District 1 more favorable for the party. The Senate has not yet taken action; GOP Gov. Chris Sununu has asked that chamber to modify the House map to make both districts more competitive
North Carolina (14) The state is gaining a district. See discussion above the table.
Ohio (15) The state is losing a district. Returned to the incomplete list after the State Supreme Court invalidated the enacted plan, calling it an unconstitutional Republican gerrymander. The legislature was unsuccessful in its attempt to redraw the map, punting the effort to the Ohio Redistricting Commission. The Commission will have 30 days, beginning February 14, to draw a new map.
Pennsylvania (17) The state is losing a district. The Democratic-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court has taken over the redistricting process. Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough, a Republican, is serving as a special master in the process. She has recommended a map that was previously passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature but vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. A hearing was held February 18.
Wisconsin (8) In November, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed the map passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, passing the process to the State Supreme Court. The Court held a daylong hearing last month to consider various proposals. 

Minnesota U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn Dies At 59

Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R, MN-01) died Thursday night. He was 59 years old. First elected in 2018, Hagedorn was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in 2019. After treatment, the cancer went into remission, but recurred last summer. His wife, Jennifer Carnahan, paid tribute to him in a Facebook posting.

Hagedorn won his second term by a 3% margin over Democrat Dan Feehan in 2020. Minnesota completed congressional redistricting earlier this week; the first district saw little change and will continue to span the length of the southernmost part of the state. Under the redistricted boundaries, Donald Trump beat Joe Biden by about 9.5% points in 2020, down just slightly from 10% points under the current boundaries.

Democrats currently have a 222-211 edge in the U.S. House (select 'Current House' in the preceding link).

Under Minnesota law, given the timing of the vacancy, it looks like a special election to complete Hagedorn's term will be held August 9, the same date as the statewide primary. A special primary election will be held 11 weeks prior to that.

The other vacancy is in CA-22, where Republican Devin Nunes resigned at the end of last year. A special primary election will be held in that district on April 5. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a special general election will take place on June 7. That is the date of California's statewide primary.

Congressional Redistricting Update: 9 States Remain; Interactive Map Updated

Connecticut, Kansas and Washington finalized their congressional redistricting last week. Minnesota was completed Tuesday. These shapes, with initial ratings, have been added to the House Interactive Map.

 

Nine states, with 100 total districts, remain to be completed. This includes North Carolina and Ohio, where previously enacted plans were thrown out via legal challenge. 

State (Districts) Comments
Florida (28) The state is gaining a district. The state Senate overwhelming approved a plan; the state House has developed a couple proposals of their own. The process was temporarily put on hold after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) asked the Florida Supreme Court to provide an advisory opinion on whether District 5, the only Black opportunity district in the northern part of the state, must remain largely intact. On February 10, the Court ruled that it would not provide such an opinion. DeSantis has submitted two maps of his own and is threatening to veto any map that doesn't split District 5.
Louisiana (6) The Republican-led Legislature is meeting in special session to create a redistricting plan. The state Senate passed a new map on February 8; the state House followed with one on February 10. There are minor differences between the two that will need to be worked out. However, the maps largely maintain the status quo. Democrats, including Gov. John Bel Edwards favor the addition of a second majority-minority district. If the governor vetoes a plan that reaches his desk, a two-thirds vote in each chamber would be required to override.
Missouri (8) The Missouri Senate continues to debatemap, passed by the state House, that largely maintains the status quo 6-2 Republican edge that was passed by the state House. Some conservatives in the Senate are pushing for a more aggressive map that would 'crack' Kansas City such that Democrat Emanuel Cleaver would have a difficult time getting reelected.
New Hampshire (2) The Republican-controlled state House approved a map that would make District 1 more favorable for the party. The Senate has not yet taken action; GOP Gov. Chris Sununu has asked that chamber to modify the House map to make both districts more competitive
North Carolina (14) The state is gaining a district. Returned to the incomplete list after the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled the state's new congressional map was a partisan gerrymander in violation of the state constitution. The Court directed the Legislature to draw a new map by February 18. Lawmakers are proceeding with that effort, but also considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. A proposed new map from the state House was published on February 15.
Ohio (15) The state is losing a district. Returned to the incomplete list after the State Supreme Court invalidated the enacted plan, calling it an unconstitutional Republican gerrymander. The legislature was unsuccessful in its attempt to redraw the map, punting the effort to the Ohio Redistricting Commission. The Commission will have 30 days, beginning February 14, to draw a new map.
Pennsylvania (17) The state is losing a district. The Democratic-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court has taken over the redistricting process. Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough, a Republican, is serving as a special master in the process. She has recommended a map that was previously passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature but vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. A hearing will be held February 18.
Rhode Island (2) Commission has approved a map with little change from the current one. The proposal easily passed both houses of the Legislature on February 15 and heads to Democratic Gov. Dan McKee for his signature.
Wisconsin (8) In November, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed the map passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, passing the process to the State Supreme Court. The Court held a daylong hearing last month to consider various proposals. 

Live Results: February 15 Special Elections and Primaries

On Tuesday, we are following five special elections. Voters will fill vacancies in two New York State Assembly districts. Across the country, there are two contests for vacancies in the California State Assembly. These are technically primaries, although at least one of them will not require a general election. Finally, Milwaukee voters will begin the process of electing a new mayor via a nonpartisan primary.

New York State Assembly Districts 60 and 72

The lower chamber of the New York Legislature is dominated by Democrats, who currently hold 104 of 150 seats. There are 43 Republicans and 1 Independence Party member. The two vacancies will be filled in Tuesday's special election. Both are safely Democratic seats in New York City.

Assembly members serve two year terms. The next regularly scheduled elections are in November. Those will be contested under redistricted boundaries.

Polls close at 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

District 60 is located in Brooklyn. The prior incumbent, Democrat Charles Barron, was elected to the New York City Council in November. Barron ran unopposed in 2020; in 2018 he received 96% of the vote; Republican and Conservative nominees split the other 4%. There are three candidates on the ballot. 

District 72 is located in Upper Manhattan. Democrat Carmen N. De LaRosa was elected to the New York City Council in November. De LaRosa was unopposed in 2020; in 2018 she received 94% of the vote while her Republican opponent saw 6% support. There are three candidates on the ballot.

California State Assembly Districts 17 and 49

Democrats hold 55 of 80 seats in the California Assembly. There are 19 Republicans and one independent. Five seats are vacant, all were previously held by Democrats.

Assembly members serve two year terms. The next regularly scheduled elections are in November. Those will be contested under redistricted boundaries.

Vacancies in Districts 11, 62, and 80 will hold primaries on April 5. Those general elections, as necessary, will be June 7, the same date as the statewide primary.

In California, candidates from all parties are included on a single primary ballot, with the top two advancing to the general election. However, in the case of a special election, as these are, if one candidate gets a majority of the vote in the primary, they are elected and no special general election will be held.

Polls close at 11:00 PM Eastern Time

District 17 is located in San Francisco. The seat became vacant when Democrat David Chiu was sworn in as San Francisco City Attorney in November. Chiu defeated Libertarian nominee Starchild 89% to 11% in 2020.

No Republican has contested this districts since 2016, and none are participating in the primary. There are four candidates, all Democrats, on the ballot. The general election, if no candidate gets a majority of the vote, will be April 19.

District 49 is located entirely within Los Angeles County, with much of the area immediately east of the City of Los Angeles. Democrat Edwin Chau resigned in December after being appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Chau defeated Republican Burton Brink by a 68%-32% margin in 2020.

Brink is again the nominee; he will face Democrat Mike Fong. As there are only two candidates on the primary ballot, the first place finisher will be the winner of the election.

Milwaukee Mayor 

Milwaukee is the 31st largest city in the United States,1 1City rankings are based on July 1, 2020 Census Bureau population estimates. They are for the city itself, not the associated metropolitan area. with a population of just over 577,000. 

The acting mayor is Democrat Cavalier Johnson, who also serves as the City's Common Council President. Johnson became acting mayor when five-term incumbent Tom Barrett resigned in December after being unanimously confirmed as the new U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg. 

The top two finishers in this nonpartisan (NPA in the results table) primary will advance to the April 5 general election. The winner will complete Barrett's term, which ends April 16, 2024.

There are seven candidates on the ballot. Johnson appears to be in a good position to advance. Limited polling suggests the other slot is likely to go to former Alderman Bob Donovan2 2Common Council members, other than the president, are given the alderman title. or state Senator Lena Taylor. Both Donovan (in 2016) and Taylor (2020) previously ran for mayor. They each finished second to Barrett in the primary before losing to him in the general election.

Polls close at 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

Upcoming

  • February 22
    • Connecticut State House District 71 Special Election
    • Kentucky State House District 42 Special Election
  • March 1
    • Texas Primary (first statewide primary for 2022:  Election Calendar)
    • Connecticut State House District 5 Special Election
    • Michigan State House Districts 15, 36, 43, and 74 Special Primaries
  • March 5
    • Delaware State House District 4 Special Election
  • March 8
    • Florida State House District 88 Special Election
    • Florida State Senate District 33 Special Election
    • South Carolina State House District 97 Special Primary
  • March 22
    • South Carolina State House District 18 Special Primary
      • Runoff April 5, if necessary
  • March 26
    • Louisiana State House District 101 Special Primary
  • March 29
    • South Carolina State Senate District 31 Special Election
  • April 5
    • California U.S. House District 22 Special Primary
    • California State Assembly Districts 11 and 80 Special Primary
    • Milwaukee Mayor Special Election
    • Pennsylvania State House Districts 19, 24, and 116 Special Election

 

New York Rep. Kathleen Rice to Retire; 30th House Democrat not Seeking Reelection

Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-04) will not seek reelection this year. In her 4th term, Rice becomes the 30th Democratic House member to retire or seek another office

New York's 4th district includes parts of Nassau County on Long Island. The current boundaries are shown in the image below; there was very little change in redistricting. Joe Biden has  a roughly 12% 2020 margin over Donald Trump in both the old and new map. The consensus rating is Likely Democratic.

Of the four congressional districts largely or entirely in Long Island, only Republican Andrew Garbarino is seeking another term. In addition to Rice's retirement, Republican Lee Zeldin (NY-01) and Democrat Tom Suozzi (NY-03) are running for governor.

Congressional Redistricting Update: 11 States, With 113 Districts, Remain Unfinished

This week, maps for Kansas and Washington were enacted into law. The shapes for those states will be added to the House Interactive Map in the days ahead. 11 states, with 113 districts, have yet to finalize their plans for the next decade. All of them are in the Eastern or Central time zone. 

In Kansas, the Republican-controlled Legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. The new map redistricts part of Kansas City out of District 3, endangering the reelection prospects Sharice Davids, the lone Democrat in the state's delegation.

In Washington, the Legislature approved a new map, after making very minor changes to a map approved by the state's redistricting commission in November. The new map does not significantly alter the competitive balance in the state.

State (Districts) Comments
Connecticut (5) Redistricting commission was unable to pass a new map, punting the responsibility to the State Supreme Court. The Court appointed a special master, who submitted his proposed map. It represents only minor changes from the map currently in use. The Court held a hearing on the merits of the plan late last month.
Florida (28) The state is gaining a district. The state Senate overwhelming approved a plan; the state House has developed a couple proposals of their own. The process was put on hold after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) asked the Florida Supreme Court to provide an advisory opinion on whether District 5, the only Black opportunity district in the northern part of the state, must remain largely intact. DeSantis had submitted his own map which essentially threw out that structure. On February 10, the Court ruled that it would not provide such an opinion. 
Louisiana (6) The Republican-led Legislature is meeting in special session to create a redistricting plan. The state Senate passed a new map on February 8 that largely maintains the status quo. The state House will likely pass a similar plan. Democrats, including Gov. John Bel Edwards favor the addition of a second majority-minority district. If the governor vetoes a plan that reaches his desk, a two-thirds vote in each chamber would be required to override.
Minnesota (8) The legislature has until February 15 to pass a new map. They are more likely than not to miss that deadline, at which point a five-judge panel will take over the process. That panel has already held hearings and may be able to act fairly quickly if needed.
Missouri (8) The Missouri Senate continues to debatemap, passed by the state House, that largely maintains the status quo 6-2 Republican edge that was passed by the state House. Some conservatives in the Senate are pushing for a more aggressive map that would 'crack' Kansas City such that Democrat Emanuel Cleaver would have a difficult time getting reelected.
New Hampshire (2) The Republican-controlled state House approved a map that would make District 1 more favorable for the party. The Senate has not yet taken action; GOP Gov. Chris Sununu has asked that chamber to modify the House map to make both districts more competitive
North Carolina (14) The state is gaining a district. Returns to the list after the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled the state's new congressional map was a partisan gerrymander in violation of the state constitution. The Court directed the Legislature to draw a new map by February 18. Lawmakers are proceeding with that effort, but also considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ohio (15) The state is losing a district. Ohio returned to the incomplete list after the State Supreme Court invalidated the enacted plan, calling it an unconstitutional Republican gerrymander. The legislature was unsuccessful in its attempt to redraw the map, punting the effort to the Ohio Redistricting Commission. The Commission will have 30 days, beginning February 14, to draw a new map.
Pennsylvania (17) The state is losing a district. The Democratic-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court has taken over the redistricting process. Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough, a Republican, is serving as a special master in the process. She has recommended a map that was previously passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature but vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. A hearing will be held February 18.
Rhode Island (2) Commission has approved a map with little change from the current one. It is not binding on the Democratic-controlled legislature. It will be interesting to see if there is an attempt to shore up District 2, which has a small chance of becoming competitive given the retirement of long-time Rep. Jim Langevin.
Wisconsin (8) In November, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed the map passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, passing the process to the State Supreme Court. The Court held a daylong hearing last month to consider various proposals.