Will GOP leaders embrace fair redistricting?

Democrat vs. Republican on whiteTuesday’s historic decision by a federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia has paved the way for new congressional districts that better reflect Virginia’s unique demographics.

The question being asked by Virginia Democrats: will Republican leaders who pushed the redistricting that was ultimately shot down by the federal judge support a new, fair approach to redistricting?

Speaker Howell and Leader Norment must support fair redistricting that yields more contiguous, concise districts,” said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. “It’s the right thing to do for Virginia. But so far, we’ve heard nothing from Republican leadership to indicate they’ll fight for the fair and equal representation Virginians deserve.”

Governor Terry McAuliffe and Democrats statewide have welcomed the ruling and its implications for fairer representation for all Virginians. Editorial boards like the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Virginia Gazette have already weighed in to call for fair redistricting.

Democrats have pointed out that Howell and Norment have remained silent since the ruling was handed down.

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