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Lodi Republicans can’t be delighted by new districts

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Posted: Saturday, August 20, 2011 7:23 am

It’s the middle of summer, but a cold day has dawned for Lodi Republicans — both Republican voters and Republican candidates hoping for an office in Sacramento or Washington, D.C.

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission released the final maps for Assembly, State Senate and Congressional districts this week, and Lodi finds itself in some very Democratic geography.

The accompanying table tells the story.

Instead of being part of heavily gerrymandered and safely Republican districts, Lodi is now part of three distinctly Democratic districts.

Like many of our readers, we supported the citizens’ redistricting commission because we thought it would draw more competitive districts that favor moderate candidates.

Whether or not that’s going to happen, we were surprised to see that California’s tilt to the left reached Lodi so quickly. The table shows THAT this leftish lean is not so much caused by the Democratic Party gaining adherents as it is Republicans losing to the “declined to state” category.

Lodi Republicans pondering a legislative seat — Alan Nakanishi, Brad Goehring, Tony Amador and Ricky Gill to name just four — suddenly can expect difficult races in the 2012 general election.

The citizens’ commission has succeeded in drawing more compact districts. Whether these districts produce moderate or fairly liberal Democrats is hard to foretell.

However, it’s pretty clear they won’t produce many Republicans — unless California Republicans move away from the positions that have prompted so many disappointed voters to decline to state a party preference.

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