The State Constitution still prohibits partisan gerrymandering. But Democrats would need to make only slight alterations to the district lines to improve the party’s chances and imperil Republicans’ three-seat majority before the campaign season even begins.
“They might have won two or three of those Biden districts back anyway — now it might be five or six,” said Dave Wasserman, an elections analyst with the Cook Political Report. “When you are talking about such a narrow majority in the House, obviously that’s a big deal.”
The state’s bipartisan Independent Redistricting Commission will now be tasked with coming up with new districts, which will then go before the Democrat-controlled Legislature for approval. The court ordered the commission to file a map no later than Feb. 28.