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What redistricting means for Eastern Iowans


Lawmakers in Des Moines spent the day pouring through the new Iowa Redistricting maps, looking to see where they stand in the proposed districts. Many incumbents are poised to face off against their peers in the next election. We asked political analyst Jeff Stein to consider what the maps mean for the Eastern Iowa community.

For the most part, Eastern Iowa's representatives and senators won't find themselves running against one of their peers come 2012, but many will see their boundaries shift.

"Its like starting all over again. They'll lose the incumbency advantage. People go to the polls and don't recognize their name. And so it really throws their campaign for re-election back several, several months," Stein explained.

A couple House districts could see a major shake-up. Reps. Pat Grassley and Annette Sweeney both fall into District 50. Further northeast, Reps. Andrew Wenthe and Roger Thomas would both end up in the 55th District. The reason?

"As in most areas of the country, the rural areas are losing population, the metro areas, this area, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids in particular, are gaining population," said Stein. "That means you're going to see more representatives concentrated in those metro areas."

One interesting change on the Senate side -- the proposal leaves District 28 without a single current lawmaker living in its borders. Of course, the maps we're looking at now, could very well change in the coming weeks.

"You're going to see a lot of different maps being drawn. Because the part that thinks they're getting the short end of the stick -- they're going to contest this original map. And you may see two, three, or four more versions before April is out," Stein added.

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