New York Democrats redraw congressional map, target lone Republican in NYC delegation

The freshman congresswoman, whose district primarily encompasses Staten Island, is the only GOP House member from the NYC delegation
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Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., is seen outside the U.S. Capitol as the House voted to pass the The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., is seen outside the U.S. Capitol as the House voted to pass the The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act
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Democrats in control of the New York state legislature are reportedly planning to draw new congressional district maps that will effectively place Rep. Nicole Malliotakis – the sole Republican member of NYC's congressional delegation – into un-winnable territory.

Democrats plan to redraw Malliotakis' 11th congressional district – which primarily includes Staten Island and a tiny section of Brooklyn – to include a much larger part of the liberal-leaning borough including the neighborhoods of Gowanus, Park Slope, Red Hook, Sunset Park, and Windsor Terrace, according to the New York Post. 

The district in its current configuration is considered "purple" – essentially an even mix Democrat and Republican voters.

Malliotakis, a freshman congresswoman, defeated single-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Max Rose in 2020. Rose is again running for the district's nomination, setting up a potential rematch. 

A bipartisan redistricting commission in New York failed to agree on a plan to redraw the state maps following the 2020 census, which means total control of the redistricting process falls into the hands of the Democrat-controlled state Senate and Assembly. 

Due to a population decline in the state, Republicans are losing at least one congressional seat, and Democrats are proposing redrawn lines in the far-redder upstate areas that could cost Republicans another several seats.