GOP aims to sacrifice some of its own in Georgia House remap


FILE – Rep. Sam Watson, a Moultrie Republican, speaks to the House on Friday, March 10, 2017, in Atlanta. Watson is one of many south Georgia lawmakers representing districts where population growth didn’t keep up with the state in the last decade, raising the possibility that some rural districts may be shifted to metro Atlanta or Savannah. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia House Republicans are unveiling a redistricting proposal that could sacrifice a handful of GOP members to fortify the party’s majority for another decade.

Republicans currently hold a 103-77 majority in the lower chamber of the General Assembly.

The new map released Tuesday eliminates some Republican-leaning districts and creates some new ones likely to be won by Democrats.

That’s partially a consequence of the state’s population becoming more concentrated in metro Atlanta.

Lawmakers convene Wednesday in a special session to consider legislative and congressional redistricting.

They must redraw electoral districts at least once every decade following the U.S. Census to equalize populations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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