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Plan proposes big changes in Iowa’s congressional districts

DES MOINES, IA - NOVEMBER 06: Incumbent Republican candidate for Iowa's Governor Kim Reynolds speaks as she celebrates her re-election during Iowa's GOP Election Night on November 6, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds defeated her challenger Democratic candidate Fred Hubbell in Tuesday's midterm election. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Iowa’s four congressional districts would include two that lean heavily toward Republicans, one that favors Democrats and one that both parties would have a chance at winning under proposed redistricting maps from a nonpartisan agency. The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency must follow detailed guidelines to ensure population balance among Iowa’s congressional districts and to prevent political influence in the initial drafting of changes. The newly drawn lines also appear to place 54 state lawmakers in districts with another incumbent, forcing people to run against each other, move or quit. Public hearings are set for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Legislature then is scheduled to meet in special session beginning Oct. 5.

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