Over in Ohio, the redistricting plan is moving forward. The state is set to lose two congressional seats, and their state delegation will probably include one and perhaps two fewer Democrats in January 2013. The state now includes 13 Republicans and five Democrats.
Steve Chabot and Jim Renacci, elected in 2010, will enjoy more heavily-Republican districts, as will Steve Latourette. A heavily-Democratic seat is being created in the center of Columbus, but Steve Stivers and Pat Tiberi will enjoy more heavily-Republican and more suburban districts.
As for the Democrats, they face two significant challenges from the new lines. The first big headache for Democrats:
Republican and Democratic sources say that in Northeast Ohio, the plan will shift Copley Township Democrat Betty Sutton into a largely Republican district that’s being constructed to favor the re-election of freshman GOP Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth.
As the Cleveland Plain-Dealer notes:
The western Cuyahoga County power base of Cleveland Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich will become part of a district that snakes along Lake Erie from Toledo and is designed to favor the re-election of longtime Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur.
Primaries after redistricting are like Thunderdome: Two incumbents enter, one incumbent leaves.