Did GOP Draw an Advantage in Congressional Lines?

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Democrats are arguing that Republicans drew themselves an advantage when the Alabama Legislature redrew congressional district lines in 2011.

The party split in Alabama's congressional delegation remained unchanged- six Republicans and one Democrat.

But Democrats argue that Republicans solidified their advantage. They say the new lines limit the influence of black voters and a white Democratic stronghold, reducing their chances of Democrats making a congressional come-back.

Joe Reed, chairman of the Alabama Democratic Conference, pointed to how Lauderdale and Colbert counties were split into multiple districts and how Montgomery County is now represented by three people in Congress.

Rep. Jim McClendon, co-chairman of the reapportionment committee, disputed the assertion. He said the starting point of the process was to protect the only majority African-America district.
He said other lines had to be moved after that.

The Alabama Legislature draws the district lines. Republicans won control in 2010.

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