Maryland Congressmen Christopher Van Hollen and Roscoe G. Bartlett have met with Governor Martin O’Malley to request changes to the state’s redistricting proposal. The Baltimore Sun reports, “An analysis released by the Maryland Democratic Party shows that in making Bartlett’s district more Democratic, the map makes Van Hollen’s district significantly less so.” However, political analysts suggest Van Hollen will still likely be safe in the next election. Although State Sen. David Brinkely is considering a run against Van Hollen, Donald Norris, chair of public policy at UMBC, said, “I don’t think he’s in any jeopardy.” He continued, “If it is around 60 percent, that is a slam-dunk, isn’t it?” Electoral maps are assessed each decade to reflect population data collected in the census.
Donald Norris, Public Policy, in the Baltimore Sun
Donald Norris, UMBC Professor of Public Policy