GOP map carries curious boundaries

Proposed congressional maps unveiled by Kansas Republicans Tuesday would split the KC metro area and move Lawrence into the same district that covers the western half of the state. The proposal is seen as a measure to weaken Democrats' chances to win election to Congress.

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State News

January 19, 2022 - 10:16 AM

The proposed map by the Kansas Senate lumps Lawrence with western Kansas and splits Wyandotte County. Photo by Kansas Reflector

TOPEKA — Republicans in the Senate and House unveiled a new congressional map Tuesday that would slice the Kansas City metro area in half and move Lawrence into the deeply conservative district that stretches to the Colorado border.

Senate President Ty Masterson, R-Andover, defended the new boundaries, which would weaken Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids’ chances of re-election, over objections by Democrats who accused Republicans of gerrymandering. Masterson said Davids and the three Republicans who represent Kansas in Congress would all retain their seats in the new districts, based on 2020 election results.

He rejected the assertion that splitting Wyandotte County — with the southern part remaining in Davids’ 3rd District and the northern part joining Topeka and rural areas of the eastern third of the state in the 2nd District — will result in a court battle.

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