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Redistricting maps could sacrifice incumbents, like Allen West

Florida’s new redistricting standards, coupled with the 10-year shift in population, has forced Republicans to do what is rarely done in politics — sacrifice incumbents – and that is not going over well with some Republicans.

The possible casualties include U.S. Rep. Allen West, whose Broward to Palm Beach-based district would become more Democratic in every map proposed by both the House and Senate.

Broward Republicans have launched a web site — “saveallenwest.com.” – and are mounting a campaign to pressure legislators to revamp the maps to make them more in line with what they believe are the legal requirements of the new Fair Districts amendments. The changes they suggest would also make the district more favorable to the re-election of West, one of two black Republicans in Congress.

“I don’t believe when they drew this they were adequately trying to adhere to the Constitutional requirements,’’ said Richard DeNapoli, chairman of the Broward County Republican Party who wrote an “open letter” to members of the House and Senate redistricting committees urging them to redraw the district. Story here.

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