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This is a map I recently submitted to both the House and Senate Redistricting Committees here in Florida as an actual proposal. There will be some criticisms, and no its not the most Dem-friendly map I couldve made, but its the closest thing to passing that we have come up with in committee. Anyways, on to the districts:

Jacksonville area:


Gainesville area:




Tampa Bay:


Orlando area:


Sarasota to St Lucie area:


Broward :


Miami Dade:


District 1: Duval County

Stays within Jacksonville proper, includes the downtown core. No its not majority-black and even wasnt under the old map. Safe Dem

District 2: Escambia County

Based in Pensacola and Escambia County, its still a safely Republican seat. More or less because the Democratic bench is weak in this area and we havent had this seat in years. Safe Rep

District 3: Dixie, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Lake County

Safe Republican seat that stretches across a chunk of central-north Florida. Safe Rep

District 4: Okalossa, Walton, Bay, Holmes, Gulf, Franklin and Washington counties

Panama City based seat that covers a lot of ancestrally conservative Democratic counties but still safe for future Senate President Don Gaetz. Safe Rep

District 5: Nassau, Duval County

Jacksonville surburbs seat that lies entirely within Nassau and Duval Counties. Safe Rep

District 6: Leon, Gadsden, Jackson, Liberty, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison and parts of Hamilton and Taylor Counties

Tallahassee based seat that also covers smaller blue dog cites like Quincy, Blountstown, Monticello, Wakulla Springs and Greenville. At a 56 percent Obama seat, its safe for North Florida standards. Safe Dem

District 7: Volusia, Flagler Counties

Lies entirely within Volusia county except for a tiny bit of South Flagler, Its a 53 percent Obama seat thats currently held by moderate Republican Evelynn Lynn. With the fact that its now 3 percent more Democratic and her pending retirement, I call this seat Lean Dem. Lean Dem

District 8: Clay, Putnam, St Johns, Flagler Counties

St Augustine, and the First Coast are largely kept in one Senate seat. Safe Rep

District 9: Hillsborough County

North Tampa and northern Hillsborough county, its a 51-49 McCain district. Our bench isnt strong here though we can be competitive. Tossup/ Lean Rep

District 10: Pinellas County

Southern Pinellas, including St Petersburg and Pinellas Park. Becomes a 57.5-42.5 Obama seat. Safe Dem

District 11: Citrus, Hernando, Sumter county

Based in the Villages, its very conservative and a retirement heavy district. Safe Rep

District 12: Pasco County

Becomes a Pasco county district, at 48 percent Obama we may get competitive, but we havent won countywide in a long time. Lean Rep

District 13: Pinellas County

Northern Pinellas and Western Hillsborough, its a 50.2-49.8 Obama district, contains Clearwater and Largo. Tossup

District 14: Alachua, Gilchrist, Baker, Columbia, Lafeyette, Suwannee, and parts of Taylor County

Gainesville and some really conservative surburbs. Its 48 percent Obama now, so unless we nominate a moderate Democrat here, itll be tough to win. Tossup/ Lean Rep

District 15: Orange, Seminole County

Contains Orlando and part of Seminole county. Safe Dem

District 16: Hillsborough County

City of Tampa, majority-minority. Safe Dem

District 17: Orange, Osceola county

Hispanic plurality district based in Kissimmee and south orange county. Its 49.1 percent Hispanic voting population and majority-minority. Safe Dem

District 18: Hillsborough, Polk County

Southern Hillsborough and western Polk. Lakeland and Brandon are the biggest cities. at 45 percent Obama, its Safe Rep for now. Safe Rep

District 19: Polk, Osceola, Orange County

Winter Haven, Lake Wales and Lake Buena Vista. 48.9 percent Obama and its trending toward us. Lean Rep for now/ Tossup later this decade

District 20: Manatee, Hardy, Highlands, Glades, Palm Beach County

More of a leftovers district than anything else. 47 percent Obama, Safe Rep

District 21: Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota County

Fort Meyers, Cape Coral and Venice district. Its 46 percent Obama, Safe Rep

District 22: Volusia, Seminole, Orange County

Deltona, Sanford and Altamonte Springs are the big cities here. Its a 52.4 percent Obama seat that probably contains most UCF students, Lean Dem

District 23: Manatee, Sarasota County

City of Sarasota and some surrounding area, its 51.1 percent Obama. It leans more republican on the local level but not outside of our reach, Tossup

District 24: Osceola, Brevard, Orange County

Space Coast seat that eats up the eastern parts of Orange and Osceola, 44 percent Obama and Safe Rep after the NASA decision

District 25: Palm Beach County

Ellyn Bogdanoff wont like this at all. Becomes a Boca Raton based seat and 64 percent Obama. Safe Dem

District 26: Brevard, Indian River, St Lucie County

Melbourne, Ft Pierce, and Vero Beach. It becomes a 48.4 Obama seat and more competitive. Lean Rep for now, Tossup later this decade

District 27: Lee, Collier County

Naples and Sanibel Island, had to take this shape to accomadate the Hispanic majority seat to its right. Safe Rep

District 28: Orange, Volusia, Lake, Polk County

Leftovers seat to accomadate the other compact seats in central Florida. Safe Rep

District 29: Okechobee, Martin, St Lucie, Palm Beach County

Jupiter to Port St Lucie, its very competitive and 48.2 percent Obama. Bogdanoff would probably choose to run here and it contains part of her seat though would face a primary with Joe Negron. Tossup/ Lean Rep

District 30: Palm Beach County

West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach. Safe Dem

District 31: Broward County

Im a Broward politico so I had fun here. Sobel gets Hollywood, Hallandale, Plantation, Ft Lauderdale and half of Miramar. Its drawn this way to keep the other seats compact. Safe Dem

District 32: Broward, Palm Beach County

Broward had to lose a seat to slow population growth, here was the most logical option. At 59 percent Obama, the multi-millionaire Jeremy Ring will be fine here. Safe Dem

District 33: Broward County

Due to Hispanic growth in the region, its impossible to make a compact AA majority seat. However, at 47 percent black voting population and 16 percent hispanic, itll certainly elect a minority candidate. Safe Dem

District 34: Broward County

My senate district, contains Weston, SW Ranches, Davie, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City and western Miramar. It is now minority-majority though popular State Rep Martin Kiar will certainly win this seat and hold it most of the decade. Safe Dem

District 35: Miami Dade County

Redistricting may finally end Gwen Margolis' long and interesting career. She was the first woman to ever serve as a Senate President back in the late 80s and has served off and on for close to 30 years. But at 62 percent Hispanic, I dont see how she can keep winning primaries here. Safe Dem

District 36: Miami Dade County

55 percent AA majority district. Safe Dem

District 37: Miami Dade County

72 percent Hispanic district, these are Cubans though and its 55 percent McCain. Safe Rep

District 38: Monroe, Miami Dade County

53.5 percent Hispanic, its 61.8 percent Obama though because of Key West and Homestead. Safe Dem

District 39: Miami Dade, Collier, Lee, Hendry

New 53 percent Hispanic majority district that is based out of West Miami. Safe Rep

District 40: Miami Dade

Hialeh, very Cuban and Republican. Safe Rep

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  •  Nice to see I'm not the only one (3+ / 0-)
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    ChadmanFL, Alibguy, dgb

    I submitted 3 maps for each. Its a shame that the maps of Florida on here are not getting a great deal of attention where these maps will actually may have some influence on the process. Rather than people guessing gerrymanders of Ohio or Georgia.

    The best Democrats can hope for is a map that allows us to have more swing seats. We are wrong to assume we will gain a majority after 2012 in Florida's legislature, but with a set of maps that offer some competition we can rebuild our parties bench and perhaps be in the running to be at the very least a strong opposition in 2020 when it comes time for the next reapportionment.

  •  Nice work (1+ / 0-)
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    I wish we'd end up with a map like this.  But I'm sure repubs will undermine the new redistricting guidelines to the max and maybe beyond.  Though I could see them getting too greedy and getting slapped down by the courts.

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