Langevin's Providence Pick-Ups

OK, warning. This post is for the real redistricting nerds.

I've taken a look at the relatively small sliver of Providence Congressman David Cicilline would transfer to Congressman James Langevin under the most recent redistricting plan - a plan which, on the whole, moves voters in the other direction for the most part.

Cicilline, under the new map, would drop sections of Ward 12, in the Smith Hill area, and portions of Ward 5, in the Mount Pleasant area.

Some interesting results if you drill down to the precinct-level voting returns within those wards. Cicilline would be jettisoning a handful of Ward 12 districts where he underperformed in last year's primary, relative to the rest of Providence - racking up 188 votes to Anthony Gemma's105, David Segal's 85, and Bill Lynch's 74.

Cicilline would also drop Ward 5 precincts where he won 542 votes, to Gemma's 383, Segal's 238, and Lynch's 233.

In all the precincts combined, Cicilline took 39.5 percent of the vote, compared to 46.4 percent citywide

The difference is more significant when you look at the general election. He beat Republican John J. Loughlin II by a 2:1 margin in these precincts, but had a 3:1 edge Providence-wide.

The sections of Providence Cicilline is looking to pick up - primarily in the liberal, Latino-heavy south Providence - would be a boon. But he'd also be shedding underperforming parts of the city.  

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