Redrawn 7th District Favors GOP, Report Says

Numbers cited show redistricting has helped incumbent Leonard Lance.

As October winds down, political races across the state are heating as the Nov. 6 general election approaches.

In the 7th Congressional District, incumbent Leonard Lance (R), who has been in office since 2009 and held off a primary charge from David Larsen, takes on Democratic challenger Upendra Chivukula.

Redistricting has changed the landscape of the district, with many observers saying the change favors the GOP even more. 

However, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has put the 7th District on its national list of 20 “emerging races," according to a report by New Jersey Spotlight.

The report says Republicans are calling the move a political ploy, with Chivukula saying the new district is more liberal when it comes to the issues.

The report also cites numbers that show registered Republicans outnumbered Democrats by 30,000 in the newly-drawn district as of May 22. It also showed independents made up 46 percent of the district's electorate.

Read the full report here.

Dorothy Ring October 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM
The redistricting may favor the GOP, but the GOP does not favor the district. Lance has consistently voted against the constituents of his district in order to be a member in good standing of the obstructionists in Congress. He should not be rewarded with another term for this. Look at his record and vote him OUT.
Thomas Lotito October 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Does that make sense? If you can't afford your car because it's a gas guzzler, you get rid of it and replace it with a car that even worse on gas?.. Upendra Chivukula does not offer an alternative because he would be a devotee of Nancy Pelosi and Obama and would be hostile the the values of the residents of the district. Lance did not consistently vote against his constituents, check your facts before you make such a broad sweeping generalizations.
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