The RTD is reporting that a panel of judges has imposed a new Virginia congressional map, redrawing the 3rd District and districts adjoining the 3rd District.
Previously a part of the 3rd District (Rep. Bobby Scott – D), Richmond will be shifted to the 4th District (Rep. Randy Forbes – R).
Richmond and Petersburg move into Forbes’ 4th District, changing its politics significantly. In the 4th’s previous configuration, President Barack Obama received 48.8 percent of the vote in 2012. The president received 60.9 percent of the vote in the new 4th District the judges imposed.
According to the graphic on richmond.com, it appears that the judges have chosen Plan #1 (below) of the two plans presented. The new map is not yet completely a done deal, as the U.S. Supreme Court will still hear an appeal by Virginia Republicans.
A federal court ruled in October 2014 that the curious boundaries of the 3rd Congressional District need to be redrawn, as the the majority-black district inequitably isolates the states’ black voters.
From the RTD article, it sounds like the new map would be in effect for the 2016 election cycle, beginning with the party primaries.