The Senate just voted through its compromise redistricting plan on 32-5 vote. Some minor amendments were made on the floor, but the plan is 99% what passed through the P&E Committee at 2 p.m.
The substitute was added to the House plan that passed on a vote of 89-8 yesterday. Both plans will go to the Governor.
The Senate compromise worked out this week largely dealt with Hampton Roads and the Richmond/Lynchburg area. Two districts were moved: one to central Virginia and one to northern Virginia. Each will be an “open seat” in a somewhat competitive area.
As far as the districts in northern Virginia, there are a number of competitive seats (including mine). The predictions of “22-18″ are highly presumptuous. The voters will decide.
I am very confident the Governor will sign this bipartisan plan and the Department of Justice will approve it.
It’s been a long day. Headed home very soon.