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New York’s Rep. Nadler Could Lose Seat Due to Congressional Redistricting

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, long a Democratic nemesis of Republicans, could wind up losing his long-held congressional seat thanks to redistricting as a result of the 2020 Census.

Politico reported on Monday that new congressional draft maps have been released for New York and they could change the nature and make-up of the House:

The maps for New York’s 26 congressional districts will play an instrumental role in whether Democrats can retain control of the House in the midterm elections, and the latest maps drawn by a special master after a successful court case by Republicans would pit several Democrats against one another.

The maps would create five districts that contain the homes of multiple incumbents, potentially setting the stage for several high-profile battles for August and November. Those include a battle for parts of Manhattan between Democratic veteran Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney.

Perhaps in an act of defiance, Nadler told CNN that even if the new maps are adopted he won’t retire.

“It’s unfortunate, but I’m going run and I’m going win,” he said, adding that it will likely be “psychologically” tough, because he likes Maloney.

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But, he added, “You do what you have to do.”

“I am proud to announce that I will be running to continue to represent the 12th Congressional District. A majority of the communities in the newly redrawn NY-12 are ones I have represented for years and to which I have deep ties,” Rep. Maloney responded on Twitter.

“I very much look forward to running in and representing the people of the newly created 12th district of New York,” Nadler said.

The new maps also pitted four Democratic lawmakers against each other: Reps. Mondaire Jones of White Plains and Jamaal Bowman of Yonkers in the same district, while Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clarke are also battling each other, meaning four black lawmakers would face each other leaving only two.

That led one of them to proclaim the maps “racist.”

“The draft redistricting map viciously targets historic Black representation in NY, and places 4 Black members of Congress into the same district. This tactic would make Jim Crow blush. The draft map is unacceptable, unconscionable & unconstitutional,” he said.

“The NYS Constitution requires that the core of existing congressional districts be maintained. So why was the historic Black community of Bedford Stuyvesant broken into pieces in the proposed map? It’s wrong and unconstitutional,” he added.

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In fact, Democrat-controlled New York is losing a congressional seat due to an outflow of population; and the new congressional districts are meant to represent population shifts.

The Democrat & Chronicle reported, however, that the loss was by a “razor-thin” margin:

For much of 2020, state and local leaders waged public campaigns encouraging New York residents to fill out the U.S. Census. It was important to make sure you’re counted, they said.

On Monday, it became abundantly clear why.

New York will lose one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives beginning with the 2022 elections, dropping its congressional delegation from 27 to 26 as the country’s population continues to shift south and west.

It was widely anticipated New York would see its congressional clout diminish: The state had lost at least two seats every Census since the 1950s.

“What we have is that if New York had had 89 more people, it would have received one more seat,” said Kristin Koslap, the Census Bureau’s senior technical expert for 2020 Census apportionment.

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