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Judges Select New Virginia Congressional Map

Virginia's new map would make Forbes' district more Democratic. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A federal three-judge panel selected a new congressional map for the 2016 elections Thursday.  

The map is one of two proposed maps that a court-appointed special master — in this case a political science professor at University of California, Irvine — released in November 2015 that would give Democrats a shot at picking up another seat. Currently, Democrats hold three of the state's 11 congressional seats. The new map would increase the black voting age population in the 4th District, currently held by GOP Rep. J. Randy Forbes. Several Democrats have already expressed interest in running for his seat.  

Before He Runs for Governor in 2017, Wittman Faces Uncertain District in 2016

Wittman is running for governor in 2017. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia's 1st District Rep. Rob Wittman announced over the weekend that he's running for the GOP nomination for governor in 2017.  

“Obviously our focus is on winning in 2016, but I am preparing for 2017,” Wittman told The Washington Post on Dec. 12.  

Democrats Interested in Virginia's Fuzzy 4th District Bide Their Time

Democrats are hoping that a redrawn 4th District will allow them to take on Forbes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Calls to political operatives on both sides of the aisle about Virginia's congressional redistricting yield a similar response: uncertainty and confusion.  

"I've told my members to sit tight and see where this thing goes with the courts," 4th District Democratic Committee Chair Susan Rowland told Roll Call.  Two Democrats — state Rep. Donald McEachin and Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney — have expressed interest in running should the district become more Democratic because of redistricting.  

Special Master Offers Alternative Virginia Congressional Maps

Scott's 3rd District is being redrawn after a court ruled the state legislature had drawn the lines to dilute African-Americans' influence. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Days after the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal to a lower court's decision tossing out Virginia's 3rd Congressional District boundaries, a special master appointed by the lower court released two proposals to remedy the state's map Tuesday.  

University of California, Irvine, political science professor Bernard Grofman, whom a federal three-judge panel appointed as the special master earlier this fall after the state's General Assembly failed to agree upon a new map, rejected the eight existing map proposals.  

Supreme Court to Hear Virginia Redistricting Case

   

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal to a lower court's ruling that Virginia's GOP-controlled legislature illegally packed blacks into the 3rd Congressional District when they drew new lines in 2012.

Ahead of Redraw, Virginia Republicans Jockey for Safe Seats

Brat is one of three Republicans whose district is most likely to change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Democrats say their congressional map can’t get any worse.  

In a state President Barack Obama carried twice, their party holds just three seats in the 11-member delegation. With a new round of redistricting coming up next month, the question now is which districts get rougher for Republicans. A federal district court has given Virginia until Sept. 1 to redraw the lines of Democratic Rep. Robert C. Scott’s 3rd District, which it has twice ruled is unconstitutionally packed with blacks . The district runs along the James River between Richmond and Hampton Roads and is currently 57 percent black, according to 2013 census data.