Redistricting Could Mean Competition
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Several of Missouri's congressional districts may become more competitive among Republicans and Democrats in the 2012 elections. A proposed redistricting map released this past week by a Republican-led state House committee would reconfigure Missouri's nine existing U.S. House districts into eight based on the results
of the 2010 Census. The consolidation is necessary because Missouri's population grew more slowly than the nation's. A Senate committee will release its own proposed redistricting
The most obvious change in the proposals is that Democratic Reps. William Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan would live in the same St. Louis congressional district. But several other incumbents could inherit voters who are slightly more inclined to vote for a candidate of the opposing party.