The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved a final redistricting map, and Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger is already campaigning in a new district.

The Virginia Supreme Court on Tuesday said it "has unanimously approved maps establishing congressional and state legislative districts." Each political party nominated two "special masters" to draw maps based on input from Virginia residents to then be ratified by the state's highest court.

Redistricting experts Sean Trende and Bernard Grofman wrote a memo on Monday regarding the final boundaries, saying, “We have done our best to incorporate the comments that we received, and we are now pleased to present this Court with the final version of our maps for its review.”

One day after the redrawn maps were finalized, Spanberger announced she would seek reelection to the Commonwealth's 7th Congressional District, which includes a heavily Democratic-leaning section of Prince William County in the Washington, D.C., exurbs. But it's more than two hours from her home in Henrico County, near Richmond, which now falls in county to Republican Rep. Rob Wittman's 1st Congressional District.


The district Spanberger will leave has been volatile political ground over the past decade. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor represented it a decade ago but lost his Republican renomination bid in 2014 to Dave Brat, who ran from the Right on immigration issues. Spanberger then beat Brat in the 2018 Democratic wave and fended off a strong Republican challenge in 2020.

Spanberger has been critical of left-wing slogans such as "Defund the Police." But she'll still have a more Democratic-friendly voting bloc in the 7th District with its new lines.

"Nearly 200,000 Virginians in the new Seventh District have already been my constituents under the current district lines, and I look forward to continuing my service representing them as well as my future constituents," Spanberger wrote.

The redistricting map went through several alterations before Christmas Day. That led the Republican-majority appointed justices on the court to move forward with a map somewhat more favorable to either party's political candidates depending on the election season and expected party turnout in a given year.


After Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin took the Commonwealth victory during the November election against his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, the state has prepared to become a pivotal battleground in House elections for 2022.

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