Senate Redistricting Commitee Chair Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, proposed a new congressional map Thursday night that does away with the controversal "horseshoe" or "shrimp" District 36 in Southeast Texas. It also significantly changes the district of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Surfside, most likely to his detriment. The maps below visualize how much more or less Republican each district would have been for John McCain and Rick Perry during the 2008 presidental and 2010 gubernatorial elections if the state had used the C130 proposal.
A few things to note:
- Ron Paul suffered the most political damage in Seliger's latest proposal. Paul's new District 14 would have given McCain 8.9 less points, dropping support in the presidential election from 66 percent to 57 percent. In the last proposal, C125, Paul had a meager Republican loss of only 1.4 points.
- The new District 36 lines may work even more in the favor of a Republican candidate vying to claim the new seat than the previous proposed map. If this district was in place during the 2008 presidental election, if would have been the sixth strongest with 69 percent in favor of McCain.
- Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, would lose significant portions of District 12, much of which would go to the newly created District 33. This would create a weaker Republican base in Granger's district, bringing support of McCain (originally 62 percent) and Perry (originally 61 percent) both down to 56 percent at the expense of bolstering District 33. District 33 would have been in support of both Republican candidates at 56 percent.
- The drawing of lines to include more Republican voters in U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett's district required sacrifices to be made in almost every district surrounding the Austin Democrat's new territory. District 17, one of the stronger central Texas Republican districts in both elections, would be the hardest hit. Represented by U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, the district would lose 9.1 points in the 2008 election, bringing support for McCain down to 58 percent, and 6.2 points in the 2010 election, bringing support for Perry down to 55 percent.
- The new district lines for U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, would pivot around Corpus Christi, gaining responsibility for the city of Victoria and more of Paul's District 14, in addition to taking over much of Doggett's current territory. President Barack Obama won District 27 in 2008 with 53 percent of the vote. With the new boundaries, McCain would have won the district with 58 percent. The newly created District 34 would represent the more Democratic southern portion of Farenthold's current district, while reaching around Nueces County to pick up Bee County, Goliad County, DeWitt County and portions of San Patricio County.
Use the dropdown to switch between the two maps. The sortable table provides a breakdown of the numbers for every district under both the current and revised redistricting plan.SELECT ELECTION: