Despite the observations that Washington’s new 10th Congressional District will be “centered on Olympia,” it actually won’t be.
While it really does look like the district is geographically centered on Olympia. But, in terms politics and population, the district is firmly centered on the Parkland/Midway/Puyallup metro area.
And, just a short note. If, in this redistricting process, if you haven’t discovered Dave’s Redistricting Tool
, I’d suggest you check it out. Dave Bradlee
has done a great service to all of us who like to tinker with this sort of stuff.
So, anyway, while the map puts Olympia at the center, the south Pierce County suburbs are the defining feature of this district. Just about two-thirds (415,000+) of the people in the almost 670,000 living in the district are in Pierce County.
|The heart of the 10th CD
While the district as drawn is marginally Democratic (53 percent according to Dave’s tool), a lot of that is sitting in the non-Pierce County areas. Without Pierce County, the district is more safely (56 percent) Democratic.