By PE Politics
July 16, 2011 4:41 PM

The latest — and likely last — congressional remap “visualization” for Inland Southern California could increase Democrats’ competitiveness in a proposed Riverside-Moreno Valley district.

But it could help Republican chances in a proposed San Bernardino County seat that would divide the county’s urban core.

The Citizens Redistricting Commission is racing to finish statewide maps for the Assembly, Senate, Congress and the Board of Equalization. The panel issued draft maps in June but canceled plans to release a second draft last week. Saturday, the commission continued to focus on finishing final maps for release by Aug. 1.

Commissioners said that, except in a few cases, what people see today is what the panel will vote on later this month.

“We’re feeling very confident about moving ahead,” commission chairman Angelo Ancheta said Saturday.

In the June 10 plan, the Riverside-Moreno Valley seat was 39.8 percent Democratic, 37.8 percent Republican, and 17.6 percent decline-to-state, based on November 2010 registration data from UC Berkeley’s Statewide Database.

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Barack Obama defeated John McCain by 15 percentage points in the draft district. Jerry Brown defeated Meg Whitman by six percentage points, according to database election data.

The commission’s latest visualization drops Republican-leaning Norco from the district and adds Democrat-leaning Perris. The result is a district where 41.6 percent of voters are Democrats, 36.1 percent are Republican and 17.5 percent are decline-to-state.

Obama defeated McCain by 20 percentage points and Brown beat Whitman by about 11 percentage points.

In last year’s attorney general’s race, Republican Steve Cooley narrowly defeated Democrat Kamala Harris in the hypothetical district.

Three would-be candidates have declared their intentions to run for a Riverside-Moreno Valley seat: Assemblyman Jeff Miller and Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, both Republicans, and Riverside community college trustee Mark Takano, a Democrat.

Other changes are in San Bernardino County. A Chino-Pomona-Rancho Cucamonga district and a San Bernardino-Rialto district proposed in the June 10 draft are no more.

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