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GOP Senators divided on congressional maps

The Senate negotiated into the night about a bill establishing new congressional districts for the upcoming election.

Republican senators are divided on this issue. Sen. Caleb Rowden is wanting a map that would likely maintain a 6-2 republican majority. Sen Bob Onder is leading the fight for a 7-1 map that would add a republican seat.

“I would support a map that sends seven pro-life pro-Second Amendment Republicans to Washington, D.C.,” said Onder.

While Republicans debated ways of redistricting, Democratic Sen. Brian Williams said current maps are not representative.

"I think gerrymandering is something that's been extremely detrimental to the state. I think that it has infringed on representation when it comes to the larger population. To push for an illegal 7-1 map or or a map that doesn't fairly represent the population of the state is concerning," said Williams.

Debate concluded at 8 p.m. without a resolution.

Rachel Schnelle is a senior journalism student studying Radio Convergence Reporting. She is an anchor and reporter for KBIA. She can be reached at rescm4@umsystem.edu