Maryland is up next in our redistricting series. Throughout 2021, we'll delve into the states in detail, spotlighting a different state's redistricting outlook each week. Make sure to read our full redistricting outlook.
Current Delegation: 7D, 1R
Projected 2022 Seats: 8 (No change)
Redistricting Control: Democratic (Republicans control the governorship, but Democrats hold veto-proof majorities in both legislative chambers)
Map credit: Cook Political Report, drawn with Dave's Redistricting App
There are some creative maps out there, and then there's Maryland - where Democrats have elevated gerrymandering to an olympic sport. In 2011, they drew a convoluted plan that delivered them a lopsided 7-1 majority. A federal judge described one of the districts Democrats drew in 2011 — Rep. John Sarbanes's 3rd CD — as "reminiscent of a broken-winged pterodactyl, lying prostrate across the center of the state."
In January, GOP Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order creating a bipartisan advisory commission to draft "fair" lines. But his reform effort is likely futile: the legislature can, by a three-fifths vote,
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