U.S. Rep. John Barrow to be shoved out of Savannah?

A reliable contact has just sent us this draft of new congressional lines now moving among influential Republicans in Georgia – the first detailed look we’ve seen:

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Click here for a your own downloadable copy. As David Wasserman of Cook Political Report notes below, the map is the same one he posted in May.

Nonetheless, we’re being assured that these lines are being passed around as a starting point for a special session of the Legislature that begins Aug. 15. At a glance:

– In the 12th District, U.S. Rep. John Barrow, the last white Democrat from the Deep South, would be pushed out of his residence in Savannah. Previously, Republicans targeted him by forcing Barrow to move from his original base in Athens. Under this map, Augusta would become Barrow’s third home. If he survives a 2012 vote.

– The new, Republican-dominated 14th District would stretch from Hall County, home to both Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, northeast to Rabun Gap – and eastward into the middle of Cherokee County.

– In the 8th District, U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, would pick up the Republican-dominated Valdosta area from U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, protecting Scott from a first-term challenge. But Scott wouldn’t pick up Thomasville, as some had said he would.

– In the 2nd District, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, would be strengthened by moving into the Bibb County area – a Democratic-leaning region might have served as a base for a challenge to Austin Scott.

– U.S. Rep. John Lewis’s 5th District would be pushed deep into DeKalb County, nearly to Dunwoody, and U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s 4th District, which has been dominated by DeKalb, would move further east into Rockdale and Newton counties, whose African-American populations have exploded.

One Capitol voice we talked to, who is familiar with the map and is close to the redistricting process, said it largely reflects current thought among Republicans — especially when it comes to south Georgia. But expect some tweaking, especially in metro Atlanta. As drawn, the lines for the 7th District, now occupied by Republican Rob Woodall, wouldn’t hold up over 10 years. Population shifts would nearly guarantee that the district would wind up in Democratic hands by 2021.

That’s just a quick assessment. Additional observations would be welcome.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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81 comments Add your comment

RetiredSoldier

July 29th, 2011
10:29 am

A quick look and it looks as compact as possible and keeps my home county in one district. Good job, I like the map.

Gabriel Sterling

July 29th, 2011
10:37 am

The districts are rational and compact. Very hard to see where the Democrats will be able to find any legitimate basis for a lawsuit. Looks like a 10-4 GOP/Dem split. Plus 2 for GOP.

David Wasserman, Cook Political Report

July 29th, 2011
10:41 am

Full disclosure: Jim, this is not the real GA GOP map. This is the map I drew as my estimate of what GA Republicans might do in my May book, “Better Know a District.” – David Wasserman, Cook Political Report

WendyinRome

July 29th, 2011
10:41 am

Usually these maps have a metro Atlanta zoomed version that goes with them – would be great to see those details. Also, you might also mention that Rome is moved from the 11th to the 9th, and this new 9th is finally a true NW GA district. If something like this map passes, I think many of us in Rome will be glad to no longer be controlled by Cobb County.

Jon Lester

July 29th, 2011
10:43 am

I like the idea of separating Paul Broun from Augusta, so he’ll lose the votes of the Augusta Chronicle’s ill-informed readership, at least.

No Longer Republican

July 29th, 2011
10:50 am

I can’t tell from the map…I’m in Forsyth Co. and am wondering if the new map means I will still have the moron Tom Graves as my congressman. I was hoping we would get a chance to elect someone with a brain.

AngryVoter

July 29th, 2011
10:52 am

Let’s hope this map, or something close to it, gets pushed through. This seems more like a common sense map that has political consequences as opposed to a political map with geographic consequences. It seems extremely fair. Unlike the Barnes map, it doesn’t use highways as connectors for parts of districts. Hats off to the author!

RetiredSoldier

July 29th, 2011
10:55 am

Well said AngryVoter.

Red

July 29th, 2011
10:58 am

Glad that Woodall is now out of my district. Curious as to why two precincts in Greene are moved into another district. Those are sparsely populated. I like it though.

MiltonMan

July 29th, 2011
10:59 am

No longer – I can see why you are no longer a republican – you cannot even read a map = prime candidate for being a liberal.

You will either be in Tom Price’s district (6th) or the newly created district (14th).

If you don’t like either district, please feel free to move to moonbat Hank “Guam is going to sink” Johnson’s district.

Cobb County being represented by 4 different reps???

jtaylor27

July 29th, 2011
11:00 am

Looks like Lynn Westmoreland and Phil Gingrey get more compact districts. I know this will not happen anytime soon, but I wish those two would be seriously challenged. I do not care for either person as a legislator. They misrepresent GA, and are playing chicken with the full faith and credit of the United States’ government. That is pathetic behavior from those who claim to be statesmen.

MiltonMan

July 29th, 2011
11:00 am

Also, Roy Rat Barnes’ map was shot down by the GA Supreme Court. Thank God the clown is not around this time.

Just A Grunt

July 29th, 2011
11:12 am

Ugh. It looks like it goes from bad to worse for me. I am currently in the 13th district represented by David Scott but it looks like my little corner of the world would go into the 5th district represented by Hank ‘Guam is Sinking’ Johnson. I live in that little corner of Cobb county nobody wants to claim. Including Cobb county.

Just A Grunt

July 29th, 2011
11:14 am

Sorry 5th district is John ‘You know I marched in the civil rights’ Lewis. Not much difference between him and Hank Johnson

State Level Districts???

July 29th, 2011
11:16 am

Jim – any word on whether the proposed maps for the new State house & Senate districts are out? If not, when.

AngryVoter

July 29th, 2011
11:16 am

Thankfully the people of GA saw fit to not allow Roy anywhere near the maps this time.

Do you think the message has finally sunk into Roy’s thick head? Do you think he now realizes the people of GA thought he did such a poor job that they not only ran him out of office, but then they soundly voted against him, even though it meant voting in the most unethical man the Reps could have put on the ballot? Roy seems to like running his mouth at out of state functions and blame his loss on the flag issue. (Of course, he’s so arrogant he thinks us stewpit folk back here wouldn’t read about it.) Do you think he might finally realize redistricting, how he treated the teachers, etc. – you know, the things that made him a bag governor – may have been why he wasn’t reelected or elected again?

My guess is he still doesn’t get it. My guess is King Roy is to arrogant to let himself figure that out.

Once again, gratuitous shame on the Dems for not fielding a candidate with a chance of winning in the last Gov race. Let’s hope they find someone this time so that we can have a real choice.

End of rant.

A Political Demgrapher

July 29th, 2011
11:29 am

It’s hard to do th stats by eye, of course, and real stats always trump eyeballing, but eyeballing this it’s hard to see how this isn’t retrogressive under Section 5

Bob

July 29th, 2011
11:35 am

It looks logical. What happened?

Voter

July 29th, 2011
11:42 am

No matter what district you are in, we still are not represented, heard, or listened to. For some reason once they get to Washington, they forget about us – the VOTERS!

Sally

July 29th, 2011
11:45 am

Just get me out of Hank Johnson’s district!!!

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Raquel Morris

July 29th, 2011
12:00 pm

It looks to me like John Lewis is being pushed out of his district. He lives in South Fulton, but that area looks to be completely in Scott’s district.

Maybe Michael Johnson had the right idea?

gsueagle

July 29th, 2011
12:00 pm

bye-bye barrow ! i love it

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July 29th, 2011
12:03 pm

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WillieRae

July 29th, 2011
12:04 pm

The voting rights act is always going to protect the black democrats and throw the white dems under the bus. King Roy’s would be an interesting comparison. It looks like the rep’s did a good job to me.

Sick of Republicans

July 29th, 2011
12:08 pm

By putting Tom Price into the areas in metro represented by Hank Johnson, who has been a good Rep for us, and before you people start the race card, I am white. Tom Price will not listen to anyone but the Dunwoody crowd nor will he even bother to respond unless it is a Dunwoody zip code address. We don’t want Tom Price. I lived in his present district for over a year and he never even had the courtesy to respond to email, calls to his office, etc. He is like Isakkson – thinks us regular people are the unwashed because we aren’t filthy rich like them.

Smoke

July 29th, 2011
12:16 pm

Sally. Here is a novel idea. Move.

Just A Grunt

July 29th, 2011
12:17 pm

Dear Sick, You must be doing something wrong because I don’t live in his district, Rep Price that is, but he returns answers to questions I ask him, or somebody in his office will. David Scott on the other hand sends out an email newsletter starting about 3 months before election time and then is never heard from again. I have had several nice conversations with some folks in his office even though we agree on exactly nothing and I know they don’t really listen or pass on the information. I often have to go to Rep Price because quite frankly all Scott is concerned with is staying in Washington and keeping all the perks of the jobs. He is a parasite on the taxpayers, but then I did mention that he is a Democrat, right?

findog

July 29th, 2011
12:21 pm

RS, look at Cobb served by three congressmen
How about that 13 reprimand

DannyX

July 29th, 2011
12:33 pm

Awesome idea!! Genius.

Redistricting is way over the heads of our current Republican lead state government. Outsourcing this to another person was clearly the way to go here. I imagine our current brain challenged Republicans will still be scratching their heads over this during Thanksgiving if they don’t get someone to drawn them “squiggly lines” for them.

This is the same group of Republican lawmakers that couldn’t even handle their own tax overhaul, they had about 20 different flawed bills embarrassingly withdrawn do to incompetence and bad Georgia math.

These are the same Republicans that raised taxes on homeowners at the start of the Bush Great Recession to the tune of $300 a year. No new taxes?????

The same Republicans that are cowardly asking voters to go against their own “no new taxes” pledge for them. No new taxes?????

The same Republicans that have given Georgia Power record profits on the backs of residential customer only surcharge. (How’s that electric bill?)

These poor Republicans are so caught up in personal crisis they will never have the time to put into redistricting. Most of the Republicans are fighting off bankruptcy, foreclosure and various lawsuits.

Lets face it, state Republicans are incompetent, and don’t have the time. Having someone else draw the lines is best. Either that or pay some smart New England Republicans to come down here and draw the lines. Delta is ready.

Smoke

July 29th, 2011
12:33 pm

Stay stuck on Johnson’s “Guam” comm all you want. Does anyone really want to start with all the dumb quotes Price, Broun, Westmoreland, and Kingston have made.

Smoke

July 29th, 2011
12:44 pm

Proud to be a conservative from Georgia? The draft district lines will only have four where more than 60% of adults have at least a high school diploma. Put another way, more than 1 million conservatives in GA are dependent on audio aid!

Jeffrey

July 29th, 2011
12:44 pm

I,would rather have Price, Scott or even be in the 10th than Guam sinking walking dead Hank Johnson.Who, seems it was not worthy to attend Primary forums and debates.Also, who bribes to get elected again.

John Radney

July 29th, 2011
12:44 pm

Great, one more devil gone. Wish it had been Samforn Bishop from S Ga. Horrible man and he needs to go like obamie

Blue

July 29th, 2011
12:50 pm

Where is Kasim Reed’s district?

Smoke

July 29th, 2011
12:53 pm

Price and Scott don’t have to bribe to get elected and attend forums and debates may be true. They are bought and paid for and treat their voters like mushrooms.

Smoke

July 29th, 2011
1:03 pm

Talk about Bishop and Obama all you want. I wish that McCain and Palin had won the election because government would have gone bankrupt a year ago, the financial markets would have crashed, auto makers would have gone out of business, job losses would still be at 100K per month, troops stranded in Iraq, and bin Laden would still be alive. Oh yeah, Palin would be in Alaska fishing once a week.

Smoke

July 29th, 2011
1:10 pm

The City of Atlanta is in the 5th and represented by John Lewis.

DannyX

July 29th, 2011
1:10 pm

HELP WANTED: Republican to fill new Ga congressional seat. Candidate must be certifiably crazy. Must know 3/10 Commandments. Ethically challenged encouraged to apply, must not pass background check. Multiple bankruptcies/foreclosures ok. Advancement possible,could lead to Ga governors job.(Smart people,gays and non Herman Cain blacks need not apply)Call 1800-IHATEVRY1

Einsteindawg

July 29th, 2011
1:10 pm

Good for John Barrow. He was a third-rate lawyer in Athens and has been an even worse congressman. The only way you’re going to get honest representation FOR THE CONSTITUENTS, not for the politician, is term limits.

Smoke

July 29th, 2011
1:18 pm

Barnes redistrict plan must not have been all that bad for “conservatives.” Look at the State now.

Red

July 29th, 2011
1:33 pm

Smoke – you’re blowing it out your tailpipe. We’d be in much better shape with McCain. After all we were supposed to be in recovery summer last year – meaning we would all be in workers’ paradise right now with The Great One’s master plan. According to His Geniusness his plan would have kept unemployment below 8 – still haven’t seen that. We should have been creating hundreds of thousands of jobs with growth by now. Still in the 9’s and that is understated. Read the GDP numbers. We’re heading the wrong way with the plan that was supposed to satisfy all of our true desires. Looks like he cannot count on all 58 states to help him to reelection this time. Shovel ready = shovel load.

Frustrated

July 29th, 2011
1:39 pm

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jsmtih

July 29th, 2011
1:39 pm

” rockdale and newton counties which black population has exploded ” good luck to anyone who lives in those communities

RetiredSoldier

July 29th, 2011
1:47 pm

Smoke-

That’s because a federal court threw the Barnes paln out in 2003/2004 and retired federal judges drew new lines.

RetiredSoldier

July 29th, 2011
1:48 pm

plan that is

Romegaguy

July 29th, 2011
2:25 pm

Like most men, I’m not very good with directions but isnt Cherokee County WEST of Hall County instead of East like described in the potential new 14th Congressional District. Maybe I could find a gas station to stop and ask…

You are welcome Jim

S

July 29th, 2011
2:50 pm

After the fiasco going on in the republican majority congress right now, no one in his right mind is going to vote a republican into office. All these radical republicans do is suck from those who can least afford it while letting the mega rich off the hook. The Koch brothers must be proud.

Bill Smith

July 29th, 2011
2:52 pm

I want to see the state Senate maps. What is going to happen to Senator Merkleson (Cecil Staton). He is a South Georgia Senator which is contracting and on the redistricting committee which will cover his tail.

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