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How redistricting in Virginia changed part of its political landscape

April 06, 2016

By J.S.
The Economist

OF 435 seats in America’s House of Representatives, perhaps 36 are considered neither decisively red or nor blue. Another, in the pork-and-peanut belt of southern Virginia, joined them earlier this year, when a federal court re-drew its boundaries to favour a Democrat. The district’s long-time Republican incumbent, Randy Forbes, decided that rather than risk losing, he would simply move: to an open, neighbouring seat friendly to the GOP.