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New Kent Congressional Districts may change with new maps

New Kent Congressional Districts may change with new maps

NEW KENT — A federal appeals court judge's order last week to redistrict coastal Virginia's congressional districts may move New Kent County out of the 7th District, now represented by Rep. Dave Brat, R-Henrico, and into the 1st District, represented by Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland.

The redistricting is the result of the court's decision that Virginia legislators overloaded the 3rd District with black voters following the 2010 census, minimizing black influence outside of that district.

A 2013 lawsuit accused legislators of racial gerrymandering by further concentrating blacks in the state's only black-majority district....

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