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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House Democrat has proposed an alternative to a congressional redistricting map offered by a Republican leader.

The new plan by Ron Casey, of Jefferson County, would consolidate the two St. Louis city districts into one — as also suggested by Republican John Diehl, head of the House redistricting committee.

But Casey would keep Jefferson County within a single district. Diehl would divide it among three.

Diehl wants to divide up mid-Missouri. Casey would place it all in a new district stretching from Cass County on the Kansas border to Audrain County in the northeast. Two GOP congressional incumbents — Vicki Hartzler and Blaine Luetkemeyer — both live within those boundaries.

Casey, who serves on the redistricting panel, offered his plan Friday.

Missouri is losing one of its nine U.S. House seats, requiring a new congressional map.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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