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Maryland 2012 Redistricting Map

Alright, so if you didn’t already know, there is a great online Redistricting Tool available from Dave’s Redistricting, and you can try your hand at drawing the next round of State Congressional District Maps on there. It has all the states with more than one Congressional District, and now for the first time, data for the last Presidential Election has been loaded. So far, only data for Maryland has been added. So I tried my hand at drawing Maryland’s 8 Congressional Districts with these guidelines in hand:
Keep District Compact
Keep Congressmen in their Own Districts

So Here was the Result:
Maryland Congressional Districts

Details

District 1 (Blue) – Frank Kratovil (D-Queen Anne’s)
80% White, 14% Black, 2% Hispanic, 1% Asian, 1% Other
McCain 57%, Obama 40%

District 2 (Green) – Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Baltimore County)
75% White, 15% Black, 4% Asian, 3% Hispanic, 1% Other
McCain 49%, Obama 48%

District 3 (Purple) – John Sarbanes (D-Baltimore County)
48% White, 29% Black, 10% Asian, 10% Hispanic, 1% Other
Obama 72%, McCain 26%

District 4 (Red) – Donna Edwards (D-Prince George’s)
69% Black, 13% Hispanic, 12% White, 3% Asian, 1% Other
Obama 92%, McCain 7%

District 5 (Yellow) – Steny Hoyer (D-St. Mary’s)
71% White, 19% Black, 3% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 1% Other
Obama 50%, McCain 48%

District 6 (Teal) – Roscoe Bartlett (R-Frederick)
85% White, 7% Black, 3% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 1% Other
McCain 57%, Obama 40%

District 7 (Gray) – Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore City)
64% Black, 28% White, 2% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 1% Other
Obama 87%, McCain 11%

District 8 (Light Purple) Chris Van Hollen (D-Montgomery)
59% White, 13% Hispanic, 13% Asian, 10% Black, 1% Other
Obama 69%, McCain 29%

Maryland gave Obama 62% of the vote. This map creates four Solid Democratic Districts, Two Solid Republican Districts, and Two Toss-Up Districts. In my mind, considering the result of the vote, this is a fair redistricting map. Tell me what you think, or propose maps of your own!

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