The 1990 census gave California seven new congressional districts, bringing the state's total to 52. In late September the state's high court accepted jurisdiction over efforts to redraw the districts to reflect population changes after both partisan and bipartisan attempts to find a compromise failed and Gov. Pete Wilson (R) vetoed three redistricting plans sent to him by the Democratic-controlled legislature.
A Democratic political analyst agreed that the party "will be hurt," but said the damage will not be as devastating as suggested by [Lorelei Kinder]. He predicted that the current breakdown of the delegation, now Democratic by a margin of 26 to 19, will change to include 19 safe Democratic seats, 20 safe Republican seats, six that will be up in the air, three leaning Republican and four leaning Democratic.
After the 1980 census, California Democrats, then in control of both the governorship and the legislature, were able to take advantage of their position and ensure that many districts were weighted toward their own candidates, despite steady GOP gains in voter allegiance in the state.
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