Democrats in New York proposed a new congressional map Sunday that could do away with half of the state’s Republicans in the House of Representatives.
The new lines give Democrats an advantage in 22 of the state’s 26 congressional districts ahead of November’s midterm elections. However, the map may be less aggressive than what some Democrats previously supported.
The map comes amidst a battle for control of the House, with Democrats trying to keep their narrow advantage while Republicans hope to take more than two-dozen Democratic seats. New York’s map helps Democrats keep their majority, but it could be offset by likely Republican-advantaged maps in Texas, Florida, and Georgia.
Dave Wasserman, a senior editor at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said that New York’s proposed map was such an effective gerrymander that it only wasted Democratic votes in “a few isolated places.”
“Even then, we’re talking fractions of points,” Wasserman said. “It’s a brutal map for Rs.”
The new map effectively does away with Republican-leaning districts now held by Reps. Lee Zeldin, Nicole Malliotakis, and Claudia Tenney. It also bolsters Democratic-leaning seats belonging to Reps. Antonio Delgado and Sean Patrick Maloney, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
New York is one of many northern states losing a congressional seat for the coming decade due to slow population growth, joining states like Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. Unless Republican groups wage a successful lawsuit that results in New York’s map being thrown out, it will stay in place until 2032.