The Democrats look aggressive with their controversial reapportionment maps that tried to create competitive districts. Their strategy was to use competition to give them a better shot at two additional seats out of seven. But, the map ignored communities of interest and had little support.
The Republicans, in an effort to hold and improve what they have (4 seats), just modestly moved the lines. Unfortunately, political missteps at the end made them look politically self-serving and confused.
Unless leadership makes a deal, the process will head to the courts. It is unlikely the Democrats’ competitive theory will prevail, but the judge’s changes to balance population will likely not be as favorable to Republicans as their maps.