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In southwestern Connecticut, redistricting may favor Republicans in state legislative match-ups

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March 12, 2011

Figure 2: This map shows the Connecticut Assembly Districts after the 2000 census.

Initial U.S. Census date for Connecticut suggests that the population in several districts in southwestern Connecticut currently held by Republicans has changed in population over the last ten years in ways that may benefit several incumbent Republicans.

For example, the population in the senate district represented by Senate Republican Scott Frantz, R-Greenwich, has a population of about 96,800, according to the new census figures. However, the new redistricting figures suggest that each state senate should have about 99,000 residents after the new lines are drawn. This is because there are 36 state senate districts, and the new census says that Connecticut has a population of 3.7 million.

To achieve a state senate district with about 99,000 residents in the vicinity of Frantz's current district, the lines of the district will likely have to expand into part of Stamford, along the coast to Bridgeport and Stratford and into the interior of Fairfield County north to Danbury.

Other examples of senate districts and what is likely to happen with them include:

  • Sen. Anthony Musto D-Trumbull, has 101,000 people in his district. About 2,000 residents will have to be shaved off this district.
  • Sen. Edwin Gomes, D-Bridgeport, has 95,600 residents in his district. This district will require the addition of about 3,400 residents.

An eight-member redistricting commission has until mid-September to develop a set of redistricting recommendations to present to the Connecticut General Assembly. The recommendations will cover new boundaries for the Connecticut State Senate districts, the Connecticut House of Representatives districts and the five U.S. Congressional seats in the state. [1]

The eight-member bipartisan panel for 2011 includes these legislators:[2]

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