Sunday, March 27, 2011

Two Majority African American Congressional Districts Possible in Virginia

Two majority African-American voting age congressional districts can be drawn in Virginia, based on the 2010 Census.

The draft Congressional District 3 displayed below extends along the James River from Richmond and Central Virginia to Hampton on the north and Isle of Wight County on the south.  The draft district has a 50.03% any part African American voting age population and is 59% voting age minority.

The potential new South Hampton Roads/Southside Congressional District 4 is 50.14% 18+ any part African American and 55.5% minority voting age.

The Petersburg area is split between draft Districts 3 and 4.

As configured in the draft, both districts voted Democratic in the 2008 presidential contest and the 2009 gubernatorial race.

Like the current Congressional District 2, the draft majority-white District 2  is a waterfront district anchored in Virginia Beach. The district also includes the Eastern Shore and portions of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, and Hampton. All parts separated by water are connected by bridges.

The districts are drawn at the precinct (VTD) level and are close to zero deviation.

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