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Challengers claim ‘Gerrymandering 101′ in draft of new House and Senate district maps

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — The draft versions of new House and Senate maps are drawing charges of “gerrymandering” from challengers who consider the cartography nothing more than incumbent-protection plans.

In the Senate, for instance, challenger Lenny Cioe is claiming that new maps represent an attempt to protect Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, a North Providence Democrat. “It is clear-cut gerrymandering,” Cioe said.

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