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New Hampshire: Politicians Move Closer to Redistricting Map
Posted at 6:08 p.m. on March 28, 2012
Updated 6:23 p.m. | New Hampshire might finally be moving toward a redistricting map, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
State lawmakers had delegated the map drawing to the state’s two Members, Reps. Charles Bass and Frank Guinta. Both men are Republicans and had been at odds over the state’s single Congressional line.
“This plan, we’re told, helps Bass somewhat while preserving Guinta’s slight lean-GOP district,” the Union Leader reported. “It gives the 1st District swing towns that slightly lean GOP in exchange for swing towns that generally lean a little more heavily to the GOP.”
Only a few hundred people needed to shift between the districts. But Bass, the more endangered of the two Members, had sought dramatic changes to make his seat safer.
Guinta had resisted such action.
Updated 6:23 p.m.
The New Hampshire Senate passed a redistricting map by voice vote with minimal changes late this afternoon. This was the plan the two men had agreed on. In order to become law, the plan must pass the state House and then get the signature of the governor.