Florida Governor Ron DeSantis last week signed into law a Congressional redistricting plan drawn up by his staff, thereby rejecting the plan crafted by the Florida Senate and approved by various watchdog groups. The chief difference between products created by the Governor’s staff and that coming from the Legislature involved the treatment of minority-controlled seats. The 28-district map includes 20 districts in which Republican Donald Trump won the 2020 Presidential Election and eight where Democrat Joe Biden prevailed. Trump won Florida in 2020 by three percentage points.
While the new map leaves many candidates and incumbents living outside districts where they are filed, it’s important to note the law only required congressional representatives to live in their state, not their district.