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Democratic primaries a byproduct of new congressional map

With Democrats firmly in control of redrawing new congressional districts for Illinois, the advice from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to state Senate President John Cullerton‘s office couldn’t have been more politically explicit.

“A critical part of the remapping process is altering the districts of incumbent Republicans to complicate their paths back to Washington,” said the May 24 memo from the committee. An earlier email from the organization spoke of working to “advance our goal — more Democratic pickups.”

Mapmakers sought to pit Republican congressmen against each other or force them to run against Democratic congressmen or in unfamiliar Democratic-leaning territory. The idea is to flip the 11-8 edge Republicans hold in Illinois congressional seats to a potential 12-6 Democratic margin.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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