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How safe is Gephardt's district?

April 11, 2001
By: Karyn Dest
State Capital Bureau

There are two Democratic congressmen from St. Louis, but only one will be left in a vulnerable position in the next election.

Karyn Dest has more from Jefferson City.

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State democrats are split on whether to keep a group of likely Democratic black voters in Congressman Dick Gephardt's district...or, move them into freshman Congressman Lacy Clay's district.

Clay's plan would give his district those voters.

But, the committee that will draw district maps wants Clay and Gephardt to work out a plan together.

Democratic Senator Steve Stoll is on the Senate redistricting committee...

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Whichever Congressman ends up without those black votes will likely face a tough re-election bid in 2002.

Reporting from the state capitol, Karyn Dest, KMOX News.


Missouri lawmakers will decide whether or not to shake up Congressman Dick Gephardt's district. Karyn Dest has more from Jefferson City.

Gephardt would lose the area south of I-44 and west of I-55 if the state redistricting committee adopts Congressman Lacy Clay's proposal. That move could put Gephardt's chances of reelection at risk.

Senator Steve Stoll is on the state redistricting committee. He says the two congressmen need to work together.

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The redistricting committee will hold a public forum in St. Louis next week.

Karyn Dest, KMOX-News.