The New Hampshire state House has given final approval to new congressional district lines that would virtually ensure a Republican and a Democrat each win one of the Granite State’s two seats in Congress over the next decade.
In a near-party line vote, the state House approved new boundary lines that substantially redraw the current districts. The existing districts, both of which have been competitive over the past decade, are carved up into new versions that give both parties a strong chance of carrying one district each.
A single House Republican voted against the GOP-drawn maps. They now go to the state Senate, where Republicans also hold a majority. Gov. Chris Sununu (R) would likely sign the maps if they win final approval in their present form.
For nearly a century and a half, New Hampshire’s congressional lines have divided the state into a western and northern district, anchored in Concord and Nashua and stretching to the border with Canada, and an eastern district based in Manchester and the Seacoast. The two districts were initially drawn that way to divide Nashua and Manchester, the state’s two largest cities — and the twin hubs of Catholic voters — to deny Catholic voters the right to elect a member to Congress.
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