How GOP politics played a hand in Louisiana’s high-profile redistricting fight

Once considered the right-hand man of the top Republican leader in the House, Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) is now at risk of losing his job altogether. 

Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry (R-LA) greenlit the newly drawn congressional maps on Tuesday, complying with court orders that the state must create a second black-majority district. But in doing so, the governor approved boundaries that make Graves’s current district much more favorable to Democrats — likely costing the five-term incumbent his seat in the House. 

In order to add a second black-majority district, it was expected at least one Republican incumbent would be forced into a more difficult district to keep the other GOP seats intact. That was unlikely to happen to Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) or Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), the top two Republican leaders in the House — leaving
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