In Florida, where Democrats hold just six of the state’s 25 congressional districts, their exposure is somewhat limited. Republican legislators still hold the authority to draw the new 27-seat map, but the Fair Districts Florida ballot amendments passed in 2010 may limit their ability to split counties and otherwise engage in egregious gerrymandering. Still, Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown, whose district snakes from Jacksonville to Gainesville to Orlando, and odd-bedfellow Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart are filing suit to block Fair Districts in federal court.
Right now, Democrats hold just six out of Florida’s 25 seats, despite the state having more registered Democratic than Republican voters. Two seats will be added under reapportionment, bringing the total to 27.
State Democratic chairman Rod Smith estimates that there are currently four state Senate seats where both Democrats and Republicans have a shot at winning and fewer than 25 competitive state House districts. Those numbers would double with the new system, Smith estimates.
Smith has said one of his priorities as chairman will be to defend Amendments 5 and 6, arguing that Florida is one of the most “malapportioned” states in the country.