Here’s a first look at the new congressional map that’s about to be introduced in the House – but has already received informal approval in the Senate:
More maps to come, but you can see that Barrow, a Savannah resident, has been moved out of Chatham County – but his 12th District still retains Augusta and a portion of Columbia County.
Barrow sent out a quick comment indicating he won’t be dissuaded from running:
“This isn’t the first time the folks in Atlanta have put politics above the interests of the people I represent… and I doubt it will be the last. But I’ve always believed that working hard for the people trumps politics every time….
“I look forward to getting to know the new constituents drawn in to Georgia’s 12th District, and building on the friendships I’ve formed with folks who still call the 12th District home.”
Buckhead has been split two ways — neither of them involving U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell. U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey gets most of Buckhead and would become Gov. Nathan Deal’s congressman. U.S. Rep. John Lewis did not look kindly on the splitting of Atlanta into two congressional districts. Said Lewis:
“I am very disappointed by the proposed congressional maps released today by the Georgia General Assembly. It is an affront to the spirit and letter of the Voting Rights Act. The City of Atlanta should remain whole and attempts to split the City are nothing more than naked partisanship.”
Just got off the phone with Lewis’ Democratic primary challenger, former Fulton County superior court judge Michael Johnson, who said he lives in southwest Atlanta and remains within the 5th Congressional District.
Price’s lines are drawn south to the Atlanta city limits — remember that he supported Karen Handel in last year’s GOP hostilities for governor, and that Buckhead’s wealthy campaign contributors are seen as a large prize among Republicans.
Democrat Hank Johnson, who represents the 4th District, would be pushed eastward into Rockdale and Newton Counties.
The new 9th District eats up Hall County and the whole of northeast Georgia, with Fannin and Gilmer counties the last of its territory in the west.
Gingrey is deprived of Floyd County, which was one of his demands.
Links to statistics and maps can be found here. But look below for a closer look at what are likely to become the new congressional lines in metro Atlanta:
And as predicted, Democrat Sanford Bishop’s 2nd District picks up the largest portion of Bibb County and the city of Macon, sweeping up what would have been the most likely venue to produce a challenger to freshman Republican Austin Scott in the 8th District:
Scott, from Tifton, also picked up Valdosta and Moody Air Force Base in Lowndes County.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider