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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 12:36pm

Barrow, Kingston Watch Redistricting

Updated: 3 years ago.
US Congressman John Barrow has had close calls in a few of his elections. Republicans could target him in the redistricting process. Barrow's spokesman says, the Savannah Democrat plans to run to win, whatever the district ends up looking like. (photo Orlando Montoya)

US Congressman Jack Kingston is closely watching the once-a-decade redistricting turf war in the state capital.

The Savannah Republican wants to keep his Valdosta constituency.

Valdosta is home to Moody Air Force Base.

Kingston also represents Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield and the King Bay Naval Submarine Base.

The ten-term Congressman says, the military installations represent a community of interest that should be kept together.

"With another round of Base Realignment and Closure coming, Moody always seems to be a step away from getting on the list," Kingston says. "So, I'm very concerned about Moody."

Valdosta is currently in the First Congressional District.

Lawmakers could move it into the Eighth District to account for population shifts elsewhere.

US Congressman John Barrow also is following the legislative redistricting session closely.

The four-term Savannah Democrat could be a target in the once-a-decade political turf war.

Ten-years ago, then-majority Democrats created the Twelfth District to favor one of their own.

Now-majority Republicans might draw Barrow or Democrats out of it.

His spokesman Chris Cashman says, Barrow will run again, either way.

"He's going to take a look and see whatever scheme the folks in Atlanta decide to finalize," Cashman says. "Then he's going to do whatever he needs to do in order to continue to represent the majority of the folks he's continued to represent in the past."

One scenario has more of Democratic-leaning Savannah moved into the GOP-leaning First District to the south.

State lawmakers are currently meeting at the state capitol to re-draw political district boundaries based on the last Census.

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