Reporting Tim Kephart
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami.com) – After the 2010 census, the state of Florida was in line to gain two new Congressional districts. Monday, the Florida Senate finally released proposed districts starting next year.
The state senate’s plan would add two new districts in central and north-central Florida. One new district would be in the Orlando area and be roughly 40 percent Hispanic. That means Democrats could capture the seat in Congress.
Currently, Florida has six congressional districts represented by three African-Americans and three Hispanics. All of the Hispanics in the Florida delegation are Cuban-Americans.
The other new district will be near The Villages, which is a highly conservative area with tea party activism at its roots. Republicans could offset the Democrats gain by likely cruising to victory in this district.
After the reapportionment map is approved, Florida will have 27 Congressional districts.
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