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Redistricting Brings Big Changes To 6th Congressional District

November 7th, 2011 by WCBC Radio

Perhaps the congressional district undergoing the biggest change in the nation is the sixth district in Maryland. The biggest changes made by the Governor’s Redistricting Advisory Committee are in the 6th congressional district, a seat now held by Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who is serving his 10th term. Maryland currently has six Democrats and two Republicans in Congress. Now, the district contains only about 20,000 Montgomery County residents. Under the approved change, Democratic-leaning Montgomery County will have about 350,000 people in the district, or about half of the district’s population. The district would still contain Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties in Western Maryland, but it would lose portions of Carroll, Baltimore and Harford Counties. Bartlett talked with WCBC News and said that while political gerrymandering is not uncommon, the scope of the change in his district was a surprise…

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