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With Marsh at inaugural, Senate Republicans pass redistricting rewrite

Surprise rewrite drops Democratic seat, but bill’s fate is uncertain

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY COVERAGE: Follow the latest news and updates from the 2013 session of Virginia's General Assembly.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 2:04 pm, Sat Apr 19, 2014.

Senate Republicans on Monday pushed through a surprise rewrite of the 2011 redistricting plan that erases a Democratic seat in western Virginia and creates a sixth majority black district that would be located between Petersburg and Danville.

Democrats were shocked by the move, vowing to oppose the new plan in court as an unconstitutional redo of Senate district boundaries.

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