California’s new congressional maps produce a scrambled playing field for 2022

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By Maeve Reston | CNN

The heavily partisan process of redrawing congressional districts ahead of the 2022 elections has resulted in a drop in competitive seats nationwide as the parties in power draw lines to protect their incumbents. But California will stand as a notable exception as the final maps drawn by an independent commission are expected to yield at least seven — and as many as 10 — competitive seats as well as a wild scramble for current House members to figure out what districts they will run in.

CNN spoke to more than a dozen political strategists, redistricting experts and campaign aides from both parties as California’s congressional maps were being revised and refined over the past few weeks to gather their perspectives on how the state’s most competitive races are shaping up.

The Golden State’s redistricting commission approved final maps late Monday night,…

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