The end of December has been a "commission frenzy," as independent panels in Arizona, California and New Jersey voted to finalize new lines. Democrats are celebrating with good reason in California and New Jersey, where they got their preferred maps. But the GOP got the slightly better end of the deal in Arizona. Today, Michigan's new commission adopted a new map as well, and we'll have more on that politically mixed outcome soon.
On December 22, Arizona's Independent Redistricting commission (composed of two Democrats, two Republicans and a tie-breaking independent) voted unanimously to approve a new map featuring four strongly Republican seats, three Democratic-leaning seats and two highly competitive seats — one each in North Phoenix and suburban Tucson — that voted for Donald Trump in 2016 but very narrowly for Joe Biden in 2020.
Although this is technically a 5-4 Biden map, it deeply imperils Democratic Rep. Tom O'Halleran in Northern Arizona and moves the open Tucson seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick ten points to the right, giving the GOP a great chance at a
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