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View Diary: Why Congressman Stephen Lynch Voted "No" (59 comments)

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  •  You got your facts wrong (0+ / 0-)

    This was Joe Moakley's seat.  It's been Democratic since 1963.  

    •  redistricted (0+ / 0-)

      When the 11th was eliminated in 1980, everything got rearranged.  And 2000 allowed more tweaks.  Lynch's district is much more suburban than Moakley's was.  So while Moakley did have the "9th" from Southie, elected in 1973, Lynch's is shaped rather differently.

      It is likely that a seat will be lost in the coming census.  The legislature will try to figure out who gets hit; if somebody is ready to retire, that might be the one.  Delahunt is leaving now so his successor may be targeted.

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