Republicans Declare Victory In Redistricting Efforts

By Rachel Morris | Monday, 16 May 2022 16:45
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The National Republican Redistricting Trust isn’t letting what it terms a temporary setback in Florida prevent it from claiming that it bested its Democratic rival and has won the once-in-a-decade congressional redistricting face-off between the two major political parties.

Adam Kincaid, executive director of the NRRT, the GOP’s primary organization to coordinate the party’s redistricting strategy and build resources for its legal defense, emphasizes that the Democrats’ goal “was to flip the House and keep it. They’ve failed to do that. They flipped it but they’re not going to be able to keep it. The majority’s gone for them this fall and the majority is going to be harder for them to take back moving forward.”

And former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – who along with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, has worked as an NRRT co-chair – stressed that the group’s triumphs are “going to show for Republicans in the fall elections in ‘22 and maybe even better in ‘24.”

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Christie and Kincaid spoke exclusively with Fox News hours before a judge in Florida announced that he’d partially strike down a redistricting map sketched by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis that would give Republicans considerable advantages. The judge announced the governor’s map, which was passed by the GOP-controlled state legislature and quickly challenged by many voting rights groups, was unconstitutional because it diminished the electoral power of Black voters.

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Kincaid called the ruling unsurprising and announced that “we are confident Florida’s congressional map will ultimately be upheld on appeal.”

“The judge was bound by a bad precedent set last decade by a liberal Florida Supreme Court, who wrongly stretched beyond the language of Florida’s constitution to impose an unconstitutional racial gerrymander,” he claimed. “The Voting Rights Act does not require a district that connects Jacksonville to Tallahassee and Florida should not be forced to impose a map that violates the 14th Amendment. Florida’s newly enacted congressional map follows the state’s Fair Districts criteria, federal law, and the U.S. Constitution. We are confident Florida’s congressional map will ultimately be upheld on appeal.”

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Though former Attorney General Eric Holder, who leads the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), stressed that the “swift ruling striking down the DeSantis Map clarifies beyond doubt that the Governor was not trying to follow the law by insisting the legislature pass his map configuration – he was actively trying to break it. The DeSantis Map diminishes Black voting power in Florida in clear violation of the state constitution, and it is now up to the members of the Florida Supreme Court to uphold the law as it is written.”

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