The map has the potential to shake up the state’s political landscape, according to Shannon’s reporting.
The bipartisan draft map appears to leave Democrats with strong
positions in five districts including (Adam) Smith and Dicks,
Republicans with strong positions in four districts including (Dave)
Reichert and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in the 3rd, which retains a band
of south Thurston County, all of Southwest Washington and all of
Klickitat County east of the Cascades.
Control of a new 10th Congressional District, however, is less certain.
Denny Heck, a longtime Olympia Democrat, ran in the right-leaning 3rd
district last year and lost to Herrera Beutler. He filed for another
run in 2012 and now appears positioned well to run in a new 10th, if the
new plan passes. Similarly, Republican Dick Muri lost to Smith last
year in the 9th and is raising money but has not designated which
district he’ll run in; he is positioned to run in the 10th, too.