Redistricting Snapshots: Arkansas, Michigan, New Jersey, West Virginia

October 15, 2021

Throughout the 2022 cycle, we'll be providing quick updates on important redistricting developments in each state. Be sure to visit our "Road Map to Redistricting" for an overview of who controls the process and links to our state-by-state analysis. Also be sure to bookmark our "House Incumbents Most at Risk" and "Enacted Maps & 2022 Ratings" interactives.

Arkansas

On Wednesday, GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced he would allow the map the GOP legislature passed to become law without his signature, expressing reservations about its three-way split of heavily Black parts of Pulaski County (Little Rock). By neither vetoing nor signing the bill, he's avoiding rebuking his party outright, but practically inviting a lawsuit against a gerrymander Black legislators allege is gratuitous and discriminatory.

Arkansas Democrats have been locked out of the House delegation for 10 years, but the new GOP plan throws away the key. Little Rock GOP Rep. French Hill, who prevailed by six points in 2018 and 11 points in 2020, would pick up rural Cleburne County (where Donald Trump took 81 percent) and lose Black pockets of

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