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Oregon Republicans sue over new congressional districts

A state Senate committee meeting on redistricting during a legislative special session on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Four former Republican officials in Oregon sued over newly drawn congressional boundaries, alleging that legislative Democrats created a “clear, egregious partisan gerrymander.” 

The suit, filed in Marion County Circuit Court late Monday, claims that Democrats ignored required criteria for redistricting to ensure Democratic dominance in congressional elections as Oregon gets a sixth seat in the U.S. House. They said legislators didn’t maintain existing political or geographic boundaries by keeping cities, counties and census blocks as whole as possible.

Under maps approved last month by the Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown, Democrats would hold a significant advantage in four of the six congressional districts. Republicans would have one safe district in eastern Oregon, and the . . .