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Thanks to the new presidential election by legislative district data calculated by the team at Daily Kos Elections, this week I've been able to create interactive maps for Florida and Utah. Each legislative chamber is mapped out and color-coded according to the presidential winner and party that holds each district, along with some info on each legislator. You can find links to all the previously released maps here, which you may want to bookmark.

Districts in solid blue were carried by Obama and are represented by a Democrat, while those in solid red were won by Mitt Romney and are held by a Republican. Lighter red districts voted for Obama and a Republican legislator, while those in lighter blue went for Romney and a Democratic legislator. Note that the map displays use only the two-party vote to give you a more equivalent comparison between presidential and legislative results, but this post and Daily Kos Elections numbers include totals for third-party candidates, though the differences are minor.


Florida State Senate

The Republicans took control of the state Senate after the 1994 election and maintain a 26-to-14 majority there. Republicans exercised total control over the redistricting process in Florida and were thus able to craft maps to lock in their majorities. Obama won 18 Senate districts while Romney carried 22, but four Republicans sit in Obama seats. The median seat voted for Romney by an average of 52 to 47, placing it five points to the right of the state.

Fortunately for Democrats, there are currently lawsuits in progress over the district lines under the state's newly enacted Fair Districts Amendment, which have good odds of success at redrawing some of the more flagrantly gerrymandered Senate districts, though it is unclear whether or not these changes would take place in time for the 2014 elections.


Florida State House of Representatives

The state's lower house has a similar partisan lean where Obama carried 55 seats while Romney won 65. Two Democrats and 12 Republicans hold districts carried by the other party's presidential ticket, giving Republicans a 75-to-45 seat majority. The median seat went for Romney by 51-to-48 margin, four points more Republican than statewide.

Please head below the fold to see Utah.


Utah State Senate

As with Florida, Republicans wielded total control over redistricting, but that was entirely unnecessary in Romney's best state. In total, he won 27 senate districts while Obama carried just two. Democrats hold both Obama seats in addition to three that voted for Romney, but that gives Republicans a veto-proof majority of 24 to five. The median district went for Romney 77 to 21, nine points to the right of his statewide performance.


Utah State House of Representatives

The state House of Representatives is similar, with Romney taking 68 of the 75 House seats. In addition to the seats carried by the president, Democrats hold another seven Romney districts, but Republicans still have a veto-proof majority of 61 to 14. The median seat voted for Romney 76 to 22, which was 6 percent more Republican than the state. Unsurprisingly, Utah's lower house is home to Romney's single best legislative district in the entire country, with HD-27 in northern Utah County going for Romney by 92 to six.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 04:29 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  nice job /nt (7+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 04:34:02 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for those interactive maps (6+ / 0-)

    I would be interested in seeing the ethnic/racial demographic data for each of those FL districts

    "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 04:46:09 PM PDT

    •  Without looking at any numbers I could take gue... (3+ / 0-)

      Without looking at any numbers I could take guesses at Utah.

    •  Although this list is almost 4 years old, (3+ / 0-)

      I believe it is still applicable and may answer your question:  Top 10 most gerrymandered congressional districts in the U.S.  Florida made the list three times.  Number 6 on the list is Congresswoman Corrine Brown's district which is a target in the current lawsuit (hearing has been closed and waiting on a ruling later this summer).  She is opposing it, but it is clearly one glaringly clumping as many African American voters in one single district.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 05:04:49 PM PDT

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    •  I have a general idea of Florida's Dee. (4+ / 0-)

      The southern portion is high in Hispanic and ethnic demographics such as Haitain and African American.
      The I 4 corridor is mixed basically with a rather large amount of Jewish voters that includes West Palm and Ft. Lauderdale areas.   When you get above Orlando, it does get redder with local dems but strong in the White, older voters.. Gainesville is very diversive and younger and not just racially mixed but culture with Muslim, and different faiths, due to the University campus..Not so much diversity on the West coast which is very republican and mostly white with a 89 to 90 percent percentage of Caucasian voters.  This is above Orlando.   Jax has diversity and high in African American voters.   Tallahasse has a younger group and higher in population of AA.
      North of Jax is extremly red and resembles South Ga,
      Panhandle is strong in Military votes even moreso than Jax or Tampa.. Tampa does have a good portion of something other than All white older Americans, as Orlando.   West up the coast till you get to Tallahassee is good ole boy country.  They may vote local dem but federally they go for Republicans.   With Scott on the ballot.. just don't know this year,

      Just how much Koch do Right Wingers want in their life? . United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 05:32:36 PM PDT

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      •  Scott isn't liked generally in the state as well (3+ / 0-)

        as he is in your area.  The west coast around Tampa and just south is moving towards democrats.  You will see some areas shift competitive after the new lines are drawn.  I am in Florida-71 in the little skinny part that snakes from Ybore City to New Town in Sarasota.  There is no way that district is following the Fair District Amendment.  The AA State Senator will do just fine getting re-elected in Tampa with out my vote. We were carved out for a reason because of the trending to blue.

        My area has a lot of Latino's who came here in the beginning of the housing boom.  Many have stayed and their oldest children that was born here are now registering to vote.  There is a growth in young voters that is catching up with the over 65 crowd.    

        •  We are not far apart.. (0+ / 0-)

          We all really need to get together soon.. trkingmomoe ...the area I am in does not like him either but wait and see they will vote for a rat with an R.. but I repeat myself..

          I forgot that area is blue except down near Naples.

          Just how much Koch do Right Wingers want in their life? . United Veterans of America

          by Vetwife on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 04:20:05 AM PDT

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        •  The Districts you're in (0+ / 0-)

          I believe you live in SD-19 (where Arthenia Joyner is the AA State Senator you're talking about), which takes the AA neighborhoods in Tampa, Brandon (suburb of Tampa), St. Petersburg and Bradenton.  The comparable HD is HD-70 represented by Darryl Rouson, which is St. Pete-oriented but takes the AA areas of Palmetto (North of Bradenton), Brandenton and Sarasota.   (The AA areas of Tampa and Brandon are in HD-61 represented by Betty Reed).

          And yes, I agree both districts are blatant racial gerrymanders.  On the State Senate side, I can draw a solidly Dem, Hillsborough County County only and majority-minority SD-19:

          The district demographics is 35.8/27.1/31.8 (White/AA/Hispanic, the same format will be used for my diaries and comments on political districts) and is 69.7% Obama in 2008.  Joyner may be vulnerable to a Hispanic primary challenger like State Rep. Janet Cruz, though.

          The AA areas of St. Pete to SD-22 to make it much more Democratic:

          This is a 73.4/14.0/6.8 district carried by Obama in 2008 with 57.9%.  State Senator Jeff Brandes will be vulnerable to a host of Dem officeholders like St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, Pinellas County Commissioners Charlie Justice and Janet Long, and State Rep. Dwight Dudley to name a few.  I won't count out an AA Dem with crossover appeal here as well, as AA's remains a significant Dem voting bloc here.  

          The AA areas of Bradenton will be part of a marginal Bradenton to Sarasota SD-26.

          Obama narrowly carried this 75.0/8.1/13.8 district with 50.9% in 2008, although I'm fairly sure it is a narrowly Romney district in 2012 judging the swings of Manatee and Sarasota counties to the right.  As this is also an area with a strong GOP heritage and bench, I will put it lean R even in an open seat scenario, and is likely R for either State Senator Bill Galvano or Nancy Detert.  The few Dems with election experiences like Manatee County Commissioner Michael Gallen (The only Democrat in that Board) and former state Rep. Keith Fitzgerald can make it competitive in an open-seat scenario, though.

          On the House Side, I will use the AA areas of St. Pete to draw a AA influence/opportunity district which is 72.3% Obama in 2008 at 56.3% White and 34% AA:

          I will also draw one district each anchored at Brandenton and Sarasota.  Here is the Brandenton district, numbered HD-70 in my map:

          This is a 60.9/13.5/22.1 district carried by Obama in 2008 with 55.4% and should still be a narrowly Obama district in 2012.  The aforementioned Michael Gallen should be an excellent candidate there.

          And my Sarasota district, numbered HD-73:

          While this is whiter than my HD-70 at 76.8% White, it is slightly more Democratic at nearly 57% Obama in 2008 as it may contain more moderate-to-liberal white (partly due to the New College of Florida in Sarasota).

          These are my ways to untangle those two Tampa Bay area racial gerrymanders.  Hope that you'll like my districts.  Eventually, I'll publish diaries on my alternative versions of Florida's State Senate and State House Districts.

    •  Here you go (3+ / 0-)

      https://docs.google.com/...

      If you check the link in my signature I have a spreadsheets with the racial stats for the counties, congressional, and legislative districts for every state plus myriad election data for each all sorted by state.

      The Florida legislature has more detailed breakdowns on their official redistricting page, dividing Hispanics into Cubans, etc, or posting age and income from the census.

  •  The maps are great resources (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    keyscritter, Stephen Wolf

    Thank you for your work and for sharing them with us.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 04:57:08 PM PDT

  •  thanks for these maps, FL is ridiculous (4+ / 0-)

    I knew the congressional maps were ridiculous but I had no idea the State and House maps were even more so! No way these maps can survive in court.

    The Tampa/St Pete/Sarasota metro area is especially gross looking and it's clear Orlando is packed  and much of the east coast blue areas go inland to make the districts red!

    •  Maryland is just as bad (1+ / 0-)
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      Of course, Maryland gerrymandering helps Democrats, but I can walk 1500 feet just three miles away from where I live in Howard County and walk through three different congressional districts.

      Sigline? What Sigline?

      by Khun David on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 07:24:51 PM PDT

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      •  obviously I'm biased but MD doesn't have (3+ / 0-)

        a fair districts amendment approved.

        I like how everyone likes to whine about how egregious Maryland's gerrymander is. And sometimes Illinois, although I think any objective person would say that the IL map looks cleaner now than the 2002-2012 version.

        Maryland is the Dem's only real egregious map. The GOP? Let's see...Michigan, Penn, Ohio, Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin and NJ to a lesser extent

  •  Makes State Rep. Clelland's win more surprising (0+ / 0-)

    HD-103 and SD-38 should also be targeted next time, I hope.

    “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” -The Doctor

    by KingofSpades on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 08:48:29 PM PDT

    •  Clelland is a fluke winner (0+ / 0-)

      His 2012 opponent, then State Rep. Chris Dorworth was plagued by immense ethnic clouds, and is extremely vulnerable to ex-State Rep. Scott Plakon in this year's HD-29 race in Western Seminole County (Suburban Orlando).  

      The same can be said for State Rep. Carl Zimmermann in HD-65 (The other occupant of a Dem-Romney seat, with his 2012 opponent, then State Rep. Peter Nehr mired in controversies over his business practices).  This year's GOP Candidate Chris Sprowls is at least a moderate favorite over him in a historically GOP in Northern Pinellas County (Tampa Bay).

      The areas covering SD-38 and HD-103 (generally the westernmost portion of SD-38) are Dem-trending to be sure, but they still have a stronger GOP bench and down-ballot GOP tradition.  It worth for the Dems to start developing benches there, though.

    •  Clelland is a fluke winner (0+ / 0-)

      His 2012 opponent, then State Rep. Chris Dorworth was plagued by immense ethnic clouds, and is extremely vulnerable to ex-State Rep. Scott Plakon in this year's HD-29 race in Western Seminole County (Suburban Orlando).  

      The same can be said for State Rep. Carl Zimmermann in HD-65 (The other occupant of a Dem-Romney seat, with his 2012 opponent, then State Rep. Peter Nehr mired in controversies over his business practices).  This year's GOP Candidate Chris Sprowls is at least a moderate favorite over him in a historically GOP in Northern Pinellas County (Tampa Bay).

      The areas covering SD-38 and HD-103 (generally the westernmost portion of SD-38) are Dem-trending to be sure, but they still have a stronger GOP bench and down-ballot GOP tradition.  It worth for the Dems to start developing benches there, though.

  •  This is confusing to me because Palm Beach (0+ / 0-)

    County has more registered Democrats than any other county in Florida. Yet you have it firmly in red.

    The last election cycle Palm Beach County went for Obama and elected 4 new Democratic Representatives to Congress. I'm not sure, but I think flipping 4 districts was a very impressive showing.

    According to what we, in the active part of the party,  are given to understand, Palm Beach County is one of the biggest Democratic Counties in the State. So why is it in Red?

    •  Do you have Republicans representing you (0+ / 0-)

      at state level?  I find that hard to believe that Palm Beach would. The second map is state senate map.

    •  I dunno what you're looking at (1+ / 0-)
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      ProudNewEnglander

      Palm Beach Co. is blue except for Jupiter and two 52% Romney house districts. The fact that the GOP couldn't carve any more red districts is a testament to just how blue your county is. The two conties that are more blue than you on the map, your southern neighbors, are actually more Democratic (and populated, thus they have more Democrats).

      ME-01 (college) ID-01 (home) -4.75, -2.10

      by GoUBears on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 06:12:44 AM PDT

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  •  Quite a testament to the Miami-Dade County Dems, (0+ / 0-)

    leaving five Obama house districts uncontested in a prez year. Especially in a term limit state, that is pathetic.

    On the other hand, while Obama massively underperformed, this map gives me a sliver of a hope, as you can see the Dem influence of SLC radiating, at least southward.

    ME-01 (college) ID-01 (home) -4.75, -2.10

    by GoUBears on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 06:19:12 AM PDT

  •  Florida State Senators in Hostile Districts (0+ / 0-)

    A re-post of my earlier comment to briefly summarize the State Senators in hostile territories:

    SD22: Jeff Brandes sits in a cross-Tampa Bay district that contains fairly GOP South Tampa and southern Pinellas County beaches, together with swing areas around Kenneth City, Pinellas Park and Seminole.  Much of the heavily Dem city of St. Petersburg was cut off to the AA-plurality SD19 of Arthenia Joyner.  This results in a district carried by Obama in 2012 with <2000 votes.

    Map

    SD37: Anitere Flores sits in a western Miami-Dade County district that has pretty GOP (at least in 2008) northern end (Fountainbleu, Sweetwater and Kendale Lakes), Dem-tilting middle portion (The Hammocks, The Crossings and South Miami Heights etc.) and GOP-leaning southern portion (Naranja). Obama carried this district by less than 700 votes.

    Map

    SD38:  This district is right north of SD37.  It contains  Democratic northern (County Club and part of Carol City) and western (Pinewood, West Little River and parts of Brownsville) pockets, swingy Doral to the South, slightly GOP Miami Lakes in the north and Miami Springs in the south and solidly GOP (in 2008) Hialeah and Hialeah Gardens in the middle.  René García's district was carried by Obama in 2012 with about 7000 votes.

    Map

    SD40: Miguel Díaz de la Portilla's district contains parts of the City of Miami in its NE cornerand part of South Miami as its Democratic pockets.  It also contains swingy Kendall in the south.  Much of the territories (like the traditional "Little Havana" area, Westchester and West Miami) are, however, staunchly GOP.  Obama carried it by just 22 votes.

    Map

    All the partisanship I quote are estimates from Dave's Redistricting App.

    For readers less familiar with Florida, I can sum up that all but 1 GOP State Senators in hostile territories are from the Latino portions of Miami-Dade County, and the last one is from Pinellas County.

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