Iowa redistricting would pit lawmakers against each other

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Posted: Mar 31, 2011 2:39 PM
Iowa redistricting would pit lawmakers against each other

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Maps released on Thursday that reconfigure Iowa's congressional and state legislative districts would force two Republican congressmen and two Democratic congressmen to run against each other.

If the Iowa legislature approves the redistricting plans from the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency, Republican Congressmen Tom Latham of Ames and Steve King of Kiron will be forced to run against one another in 2012, as will Democratic Congressmen Bruce Braley of Waterloo and Dave Loebsack of Mount Vernon.

The two sets of congressmen could avoid head-to-head match-ups if they move to another county in another district.

Iowa lost one of its five congressional seats as a result of the 2010 Census, as there were greater population gains in other states.

(Reporting by Kay Henderson; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Greg McCune)