Not surprisingly, each party seeks to help itself and hurt the other.
Mike Sluss has a story with the details.
UPDATED: Click on the image above to see a large version of the maps.
Among the highlights:
* Senate Democrats put two Republicans — Ralph Smith of Botetourt and Steve Newman in the same district. Observation: A district that puts Botetourt in with Lynchburg may not make much sense in terms of community of interest, but the Republican-drawn plan of ten years ago for the House already has Botetourt and Bedford in the same district — so all the Democrats have done here is stretch that concept a little further east. Smith says he may move, perhaps into the district now represented by John Edwards, D-Roanoke — although Democrats have aimed to make that district a bit more Democratic to ward off challenges.
* House Republicans likewise put Ward Armstrong, D-Henry, into a district with a Republican incumbent, Don Merricks.
The Virginia Public Access Project has this site with links to the two maps — plus an Republican alternative in the Senate.
VPAP also has this historical analysis here.
So, what do y’all think? What would you change?