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Posted at 4:49 PM ET, 11/ 8/2010

Redistricting will be good for northern Virginia

By Paige Winfield Cunningham

As the election dust settles, the battle lines dividing the Republicans and Democrats are giving way to two different rivals: northern Virginians vs. southern Virginians.

Redistricting promises to transfer more Richmond representation from the rural portions of the state to the rapidly expanding D.C. metro/northern Virginia area. The Virginia Public Access Project has a new map out showing which House, Senate and congressional districts are currently most under- and over-represented as a result of population shifts.

Who's shortchanged the most right now? Residents in areas of Loudoun, Clarke, Prince William, Fauquier and Spotsylvania counties whose rapid growth has crowded representative districts with a population overload of at least 25 percent.

Meanwhile, virtually all of the southwest is overrepresented. The region is likely to lose one Senate seat and two to three House seats when district lines are redrawn.

The changes potentially mean more money for the things northern Virginians consider most important: transportation, education, transportation, and did I mention transportation? So while redistricting will surely be plagued by partisan quarrels, its lasting legacy will be to deepen the gulf between the Starbucks-dotted, federal-job-watered north and the post-manufacturing south.

Paige Winfield Cunningham is an investigative reporter and managing editor at Old Dominion Watchdog. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | November 8, 2010; 4:49 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax County, HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia  
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