New redistricting maps bolster Democratic voters in Central Valley

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California’s new House district map could have significant impacts on battleground races in the Central Valley. Several vulnerable Republican congressional seats could tilt to the left, while new maps for the Legislature are likely to further solidify the Democratic stronghold in Sacramento.

“It’s without question that they drew stronger lines for Democrats,” Joshua Walters, a political strategist with the Alliance of California’s Farmers and Ranchers, told Agri-Pulse. “But at the same time, when you look at something on paper, it looks one way. How voters come out and vote is a whole other thing.”

The alliance, which advocates on behalf of industry groups representing dairy, fresh fruit, citrus, pistachios, rice and pest control advisors, has been diving into the new redistricting landscape as the 2022 candidate roster begins to coalesce. Farm and business groups are…

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