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Virginia Redistricting: Senate Sends New Plan To Governor

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The State Senate has passed a new plan redrawing Virginia's legislative districts just in time to allow House and Senate primaries to proceed as scheduled in August. The primaries are scheduled for Aug. 23, but were already moved once from June while lawmakers battled it out over redistricting.

With bipartisan support and by a veto-proof 32-5 vote, the Senate paired its own revised boundaries for its 40 districts with the House plan for its 100 districts approved earlier this week.

The plan advances to Gov. Bob McDonnell, who vetoed a previous version of the bill two weeks ago.

McDonnell has said the previous plan divided too many communities and voting precincts, and singled out the Democrat-controlled Senate's plan, saying it constituted partisan gerrymandering.

Democrats say the new map continues to preserve the Senate's current 22 Democratic seats -- but responds to the Governor's concerns by making substantive changes to Republican districts, including two new Senate districts in Virginia Beach.

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