Late Friday night, a New York judge signed off on a new congressional map with some slight tweaks from the one unveiled last Monday by court-appointed special master Jonathan Cervas, a Carnegie Mellon researcher. The map features at least five highly competitive seats and could plausibly range from a 21D-5R to a 16D-11R split depending on the year — a setback for Democrats, who had earlier hoped to lock in a 22D-4R gerrymander.

Although it's far from the worst outcome for Democrats, it does put several incumbents in a bind. Most notably, it sets up a titanic clash between Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney in the new 12th CD, which merges Manhattan's Upper East and Upper West sides. The biggest incumbent winner is GOP Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, whose Staten Island 11th CD is restored to Trump +8 under the new map (vs. Biden +9 under Democrats' rejected plan).

DCCC Chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney averted an all-out catastrophe when Rep. Mondaire Jones (NY-17) announced he'd move south to run in the new Brooklyn/Manhattan 10th CD. But Maloney's bullying

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