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State Senate chooses committee's redistricting plan

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has passed its own redistricting proposal.

The plan was drawn by the chamber’s redistricting chairman, Republican Terry Burton.

Senators rejected a separate map proposed by Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant.

The main difference between the plans was in the Hattiesburg area.

The Bryant plan would’ve kept three Republican-friendly districts in the area.

While the Burton plan would create additional Republican-leaning districts statewide, it would create one majority-black district around Hattiesburg. Some GOP leaders believe that would tilt the seat to Democrats.

Legislators are redrawing the 52 Senate districts and 122 House districts to account for population changes revealed by the 2010 Census.

The Senate map goes to the House for consideration. A Republican-led Senate committee has rejected a House map approved by the Democratic-controlled House.

Source: The Associated Press

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