Oct 29, 2021 - Politics
Iowa Legislature approves new redistricting map
Data: Iowa Legislature; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The Iowa Legislature approved on Thursday new redistricting maps that lay out the state's new congressional and legislative boundaries for the next decade.

Between the lines: Analysts said the maps favored Republicans, as all four congressional districts formed would have voted for Trump in 2020.

  • Approving the maps also means Iowa will continue its legacy of objective map-making.

The big change: Iowa's new congressional map pits Democratic U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne against Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks in a competitive race in the 3rd District.

  • The district contains the Des Moines metro — a Democratic stronghold. But it also absorbs more rural, red counties, like Miller-Meek's hometown of Ottumwa in Wapello.

Zoom in: In the Des Moines metro, the legislative map also puts Democratic Sens. Claire Celsi and Sarah Trone Garriott in direct competition.

What to watch: If Miller-Meeks stays in Ottumwa or moves to run in the first district.

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