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Proposed redistricting map would give Democrats an advantage in state Senate

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The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission on Monday advanced a proposed state senate map for another round of public comment.

The map would give Democrats a projected 20-to-18 seat advantage in the Senate.

The commission followed calls to split Ann Arbor in half, but the map leaves majority Black Detroit divided into districts shared with the suburbs.

It also separates Midland from Midland County and loops it into a so-called “Tri-Cities” district with Saginaw and Bay City.

The commission voted to put the map up for 45 days of public comment without making changes from last Friday.

It’s among the last steps before a final vote and publishing.